We are incredibly pleased to announce that the educational video at Hanauma Bay has finally been updated to remove scenes of visitors walking on the fragile coral reef!!!
In fact, the new video goes to great lengths to make it extremely clear that walking or standing on the reef is incredibly detrimental to the health of the marine ecosystem.
Thank you a million times over for supporting HOA's Change.org Petition, for writing letters to DPR and your elected representatives, and for everyone who shared this concern with friends and family in order to raise awareness.
Many thanks also go out to the leadership at Friends of Hanauma Bay (Lisa Bishop, Bob Kern, et al), the staff at HB and DPR, and our elected representatives for understanding both the need for this update and for supporting our efforts to make a change.
It is truly incredible to think that the ONE MILLION visitors to Hanauma Bay each year will leave with a greater understanding of how to safely interact with fragile reef environments. These visitors will no doubt take this enhanced understanding and share it with loved ones both far and wide at other reefs around the world!
Mahalo nui loa and malama 'aina!
- Al Smith
P.S. Hope to catch you all at a beach clean up at HB soon! And if you aren't already, please follow Friends of Hanauma Bay on Facebook and Hawaii Ocean Ambassadors on IG to stay updated on volunteer opportunities, educational opportunities, and current conservation efforts. Mahalo!