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.

  • Waikiki ✈️–> Hilo 

    Our group is now in route to Hilo to continue our educational adventure . 

  • Tuna Auction

    Live tuna Auction and other species! Largest auction world wide!

  • Solar in HI

    Entire housing complex with solar. Very interesting, great way to use equatorial sun rays

  • Fishery management and tuna auction 

    At 6am this morning we attended a tour of the only tuna auction in the US. Digging deeper into fishery management is showing us how and why we’re managing our fisheries. We heard how the shape of fish hooks is important for minimizing by-catch mortalities. By using a more closed off hook as opposed to… Read more »

  • Breakfast at Nico’s

    A short walk around the corner from the fishery, we finally experienced the Hawaiian breakfast we were all craving. Loco Moco, Poke Bowls, Fish and Eggs, Portuguese Sausage, spam, and a locally made, sweet & salty hot sauce that reminded me of chili Lucas candy.  We could immediately apply the knowledge we gained in checking… Read more »

  • Sustainable fisheries in Hawaii 

    The tuna auction in Waikiki Hawaii, scientificly managed by the Division of Aquatic Resources, is one of the largest fisheries that record catch data efficiently. The fishery practices sustainable methods of harvesting by only using lines instead of nets. Allowing for minimal impact to be inflicted on the marine habitats.

  • Finding our way around Hawaii

     Finally arrived in Hawaii and we are spending our first night in Honolulu. Finding our way around Hawaii has been pretty easy, with the help of locals offcourse. We got advice from the nicest lady and bus driver on the bus route system and a short lesson on how to pronounce Hawaiian words, names, and… Read more »

  • From Manhattan to Waikiki…

    Eroding beaches are a challenge for many coastal regions across the globe.   Particularly so when we add in all manner of coastal obstructions and generally screw with traditional sediment dynamics anyway we can. Waikiki is no exception.  Indeed, as late as the 1970s the local beach stewards here were importing sand from Manhattan Beach,… Read more »

  • Urban develop on Waikiki

    This hotel track is causing Waikiki beach to shrink over time. Since the natural wetlands have been destroyed for development, this beach doesn’t get the nececcary sediment deposits it needs to remain a wide sandy beach. An interesting fact about Waikiki is that during the 1970s the beach was being nourished with sand from Manhatten… Read more »

  • First touches of the Hawaiian water

    Water is so warm