Environmental stewardship celebrated in West Maui

Marine scientist Darla White conducted a reef tour during the Ridge to Reef Rendezvous Oct. 26 in Kaanapali. She points out a zone where the finger corals are dead and have crumbled to rubble, and the cauliflower coral is bleaching from too-warm ocean temperatures. -- ANANDA STONE photo

An estimated 250 people attended the Ridge to Reef Rendezvous at Kahekili Beach Park in north Kaaanapali Oct. 26. The annual event celebrates ridge to reef environmental stewardship in West Maui, now in its landmark 10th year.

The event featured interactive outreach booths hosted by conservation partners working in West Maui, a catch and release keiki and ohana fishing tournament, a K-12 art contest, a haunted reef tour along with a “bleachapalooza” coral bleaching citizen science survey, and an educational scavenger hunt with more than $3,000 in donated prizes via random drawing for those who participated.


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