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.

  • Fishery post.

    Today started off early and cold. We attended a tuna fish auction where we saw different species of fish being sold off to bidders. 

  • Uncle’s Kitchen

    Dinner on Hilo Wednesday night! Uncle’s Kitchen is an outdoor market where venders can display their goods for locals and tourists to purchase. Prior to walking in we (CI students) expected all things Hawaiian. We did not expect to find food from various ethnic backgrounds such as Indian, Hawaiian, French, any much more!  Our experience… Read more »

  • Conservation Education

    We were lucky enough to indulge in a local museum this morning, an ever-expanding series of exhibits regarding Hawaii island growth, local marine life, the weight of plastic pollution, and shipwreck archaeology.  While we appreciate the mystique and glamour and marine life, we must also appreciate the impact of our daily habits on the continuance… Read more »

  • Da Night Market

    We ended Day 3 with a few hours at Uncle Robert’s party-in-the-guise-of-farmer’s-market Wednesday celebration. Uncle Robert’s family Aina at the south end of the Red Road in Kapalana converts to a party each Wednesday.  The happenings start around 5, but the food doesn’t really get to full throttle until about 6.  Our original plan was… Read more »

  • Paradise is not always what it seems…

    ​Even paradise is full of trash. The Hawaiian beaches are a classic vacation stop. With an influx of people brings an influx of trash that is nondegradable. The tourist beaches however are managed constantly to keep the trash at a minimum. Leaving the protected islands of Hawaii to suffer from trash pollution from all over… Read more »

  • MScientist discover a new deep-reef Butterflyfish species

    A new species of deep-reef Butterfly fish was discovered in papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This flyer was stacked on the front desk of the Papahānaumokuākea Discovery Museum. 

  • Talk about a wetland!

    The amount of rainfall is evident in our surroundings here on the big island. Like walking through a movie like Jurassic Park or King Kong, the plant life is overwhelming, bursting out of every corner, green and overgrown and absolutely breathtaking.  Of course it wouldn’t be Coastal resource management if we didn’t acknowledge the evidence… Read more »

  • Hilo fish ponds

     We visited fish ponds in Hilo, where resources are managed and community engagement is implemented.  

  • Aloha ‘aina

    To love and respect the land, make it yours and claim stewardship for it.  We visited the local He’eia. The native fish aiming to revive is called mullet. The fishpond keepers cultivate algae for a sustainable population. Smaller mullet are called ‘ama’ama and larger mullet are called ‘anae. Click the play video emoji to watch. … Read more »

  • Honolulu Fish Auction 

    Today we visited the only tuna auction in the United States with an estimated gross value of $100 million worth of fish (wholesale) passing through their doors each year. The auction was incorporated in 1952 and currently sells the catch from the 140 vessel-strong blue water fishing fleet based in Honolulu, Oahu. Each of these… Read more »