Hawaiian Coastal

UNIV 391  It’s always though landing in LAX, one of the most populated cities after a week of Hawaii. When you land in Honolulu the temperature is perfect. The island hits you in the face. Sleeping on the beach the first night was raw. This I learned was a team building experience. The trip was… Read more »

Wrapping up a week in Hawaii

I couldn’t be more thankful for the experiences I had on this trip to Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii. For my first time visiting such a unique and special place, I was thankful I was more than just a tourist or a visitor. Instead, we were exposed to the culture that is preserved… Read more »

CI in HI: Devyn’s Reflection

This trip was filled with activities and educational experiences, beginning with the very first hour on the very first day. As we started off LA-ward from our CSU Channel Islands campus, we started learning about management challenges along the coast of PCH (Highway 1). At that moment I knew this trip would be worth the… Read more »

Greg’s CI in HI Reflection

Three islands in three days. That’s the ESRM way! Santa Rosa on Sunday, Oahu on Monday, and the Big Island on Tuesday. The real-life learning experiences these opportunities provide are priceless. In total this was a 10-day information overload. The learning experience for our Hawaii trip started immediately. The shuttle ride to the LAX Airport… Read more »

Concluding thoughts 

Overall our trip to Hawaii was very educational, eye opening and fun. We stayed very busy the entire time which allowed us to see and hear about an array of interesting topics. The comparisons between Californian coastal management and Hawaiian coastal management became much clearer after this trip. Issues such as habitat fragmentation, invasive species,… Read more »


A week spent in Hawaii was quite eventful and largely educational. We were all able to experience and learn so much about Hawaii’s management practices, culture, and values. Not only was it an experience to expand our knowledge on coastal management, it was also an experience to learn of possible job opportunities and grad school… Read more »

Big Island: Small World

The Hawaiian Islands are thousands of miles from mainlands of any continent, which has two implications. The term ‘hotspot’ defines the Islands of Hawaii, not just for it’s diversity of life, but geologically. The Islands of Hawaii are home to native, threatened and endangered species, arguably the most, and host invasive species found to be… Read more »

The Aloha Spirit

A week in Hawaii, what a lifetime. There were, on more than one occasion, moments where I thought, “oh that’s a very cool thing, but we probably won’t have time to do it.” Sure enough, by the end of the day or the next, we’d be on another side of the island, or the other… Read more »

A trip to Remember!!!

This was a very unique experience with different views and opinions I never before thought of. I loved the interdisciplinary aspect of the trip, ranging from small cultural lectures all the way to big industry ones. We really got to see and begin to understand the full range of coastal and marine development in Hawaii…. Read more »

Ma’ona Community Garden

We visited a community garden that is helping the community battle food insecurity.  They are using everything in the garden and waste is either composted, reused, recycled or disposed of properly.

  • Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

    This park established in 1961 sits on the royal ground of King Kamehameha and stands to visitors of the history of the ‘Aina, or land. In ancient times, commoners could not even let their shadows touch the royal grounds of the King and punishments to any laws broken was death. The offenders child or parent would… Read more »

  • Ma’ona

     Mo’ana – the feeling of being full to the point all you want to do is fall asleep. We learned sustainable farm practices. The purpose of Mo’ana is for outreach and teaching people to eat healthy locally grown food. Shantal Chang told us the difficulties of grant approval.  This is Shantal’s sheep that doubles as… Read more »

  • Visitor Emergency Operations Center – Hawaii Volcanos National Park 

    A law enforcement officer from the National Parks Service at Hawaii Volcanos National Park gave us a really informational talk about some of his daily tasks he does dealing with visitors and his staff. Because this National Park is unique in its large size, amount of sulfur dioxide emitted into the air, and dangers of… Read more »

  • Mariculture in Kona 

    The mariculture practices at NELHA where very intriguing in more ways than one. Campachi Farms is a small company that has a big idea. They understand the importance and urgency of food scarcity with the ever growing population of Earth.They also realize the global collapse of fisheries. The facility they managed consisted of multiple enclosed… Read more »

  • Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center

    Today we went to the Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center. It is a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates Hawaiian monk seals. There are three different types of monk seals which are the most ancient: Caribbean  (which are extinct), Mediterranean (only about 300 left), and Hawaiian (endangered). The Ke Kai Ola, which means “the healing sea”,… Read more »

  • OTEC technologies and NELHA facilities 

    Today we visited a bunch of really  interesting facilities at this place known as NELHA. It’s a large section of land in Kona that assists with research support, economic development and works as a business incubator. The mission statement of NELHA is to provide a support facility for research on ocean thermal energy conversions and… Read more »

  • King Kamehameha Hotel

    This hotel is so beautifully put together. It has so many paintings in the lobby. Outside is a small beach where you can go swimming or lay out.  Above is a painting of Queen Ka’ ahumanu, who his favorite wife. 

  • Who knew?! Monks in Hawaii

    Hawaiian Monk seals can dive upto 600 feet for food foraging. Unfortunately, due to climate change they’re loosing more and more vital habitat. 

  • Road Construction 

    “That would be a cool blog post” – Dr. A Big kind of road work over there. Road maintenance/straightening on the way to Kailua Kona. 

  • Hawaii Volcanoes 

    Yesterday we spent all day at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  We got to check out the Jaggar Museum and look around the  Kīlauea Visitor Center and the Volcanoe House; a main attractions for tourist.  Established in 1916 Hawaii Volcanoes is a unique national park. While not all visitors may venture out into the backcountry to… Read more »