Saturday, January 27, 2007

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve - A Fragile Treasure of Hawaii

Hanauma Bay is definitely one of the most spectacular natural resources in the world. The bay has been designated as an official Nature Preserve, and under the strict control of the use, the coral reef of the bay is moving toward re-establishing its pristine marine ecosystem.


coral reef and white sand beach, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, Pacific Ocean

Recognizing the damage done by years of neglect and abuse by allowing some three million visitors annually, the City and County of Honolulu in 1990 laid out a plan to restore Hanauma Bay to a clean, healthy state by limiting the number of visitors, establishing an education program, and instituting supportive restrictions.


coral reef and white sand beach, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, Pacific Ocean

The City of Honolulu did a great job here. The upper and lower bay facility has been improved significantly. Their award-winning Marine Education Center was opened in August of 2002. Hanauma Bay now has a site where its education program flourishes.

A short video usually welcomes residents and visitors at the entrance, encouraging them to join staff and volunteers to help protecting this precious but very fragile treasure of the world - the living coral reef environment.

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