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Lecture focuses on coral reef at Kahaluu Bay (April 12 & 13)

Marine biologist Kaipo Perez presents an ecological evaluation of coral reef resources at Kahaluu Bay. (Photo courtesy of The Kohala Center)


Marine biologist Kaipo Perez III provides an updated ecological evaluation of coral reef resources at Kahaluu Bay in an Eia Hawaii presentation in Hilo and a Puana Ka Ike lecture in Kona.

The lectures are noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the University of Hawaii Hilo, Campus Center (CC) 301, and 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Keauhou Beach Resort ballroom.

“Kahaluu Bay is a dynamic and unique area within the Hawaiian Islands and therefore has been selected as the site of scientific investigation,” Perez said.

In the last three years, more than 200 sites in or around the bay area have been surveyed for a range of physical and biological factors by the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) and its partners, the Center for Conservation and Research Training and The Kohala Center.

They have surveyed the impact of climate change on water resources, while trying to work with the community to sustain these resources for future generations. The goal is to evaluate coral reef resources and integrate this research into the cultural, community, and educational efforts.

Perez, a member of CRAMP, presented the preliminary results of these surveys in a 2010 Puana Ka Ike lecture. He returns to provide an update and to discuss the project, research summary, preliminary baselines, integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with science, and future directions.

“I grew up in an ohana lawaia, or fishing family, who are great stewards of the terrestrial and marine environment. Their passion to conserve and protect the land and sea is their gift to me,” said Perez, who received a marine biology degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH) and is pursuing his doctorate in zoology with a focus in coral ecology at UH.

For more information on Perez’s presentation, contact Joy Cunefare at 534-8528 or e-mail

For lecture schedules and webcasts of previous lectures, visit and

The Puana Ka Ike and Eia Hawaii lecture series are presented in partnership with Keauhou-Kahaluu Education Group of Kamehameha Schools, The Kohala Center, the Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and Keauhou Beach Resort.

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