Tour of Coconut Island (Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology)

The volunteers of Reef Watch Waikīkī were lucky to tour Moku o Lo’e, known more widely as Coconut Island, in Kāne’ohe Bay. The island is surrounded by a small Marine Protected Area (MPA). On the boat ride from He’eia Kea Small Boat Harbor, volunteers completed a plankton tow in the bay using a plankton net towed for seven minutes and got to see what plankton looks like.

Coconut Island is home to the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, where much of the research by University of Hawai’i marine biologists is conducted.  Areas of study include sharks, tuna, marine mammals, seaweed, coral, and genetic studies.

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