Program & Agenda

Field Trips

Hawai`i Institute of Marine Biology Coral Reef Field Trip

Date: Saturday, 25 February 2017   Time: 08:00 - 15:00
Location: Off-Site Location

This field trip is now sold out. Participants will have a guided coral reef snorkel tour in Kane`ohe Bay followed by a walking tour of the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) on the historic island of Moku o Lo`e in Kane`ohe Bay. Participants will depart from the main entrance of the Hawaii Convention Center promptly at 08:00 on Saturday to go to He`eia boat harbor. They will leave from there on a new education vessel. Participants will hear about the cultural history of the bay and have an opportunity to snorkel on a patch reef with HIMB staff and scientists to learn about current concepts in coral reef ecology and research. At Moku o Lo`e there will be time for lunch, then a walking tour with stops to note the history of the once private island (also known as Gilligan and Coconut Island), then on to the shark research enclosures, invertebrate touch table, and coral research facilities. This field trip is limited to 24 participants. The cost includes lunch, snorkel gear, and transportation from the Hawai`i Convention Center to Kane`ohe Bay and back. If you prefer to use your own snorkel gear, the cost for the trip is the same. For questions about this field trip, please contact the field trip organizer, Mark Heckman, at If you need snorkel gear, please contact Mark and let him know your fin size if you have not done so already.

He`eia Fishpond Work Day

Date: Saturday, 25 February 2017   Time: 08:30 - 12:45
Location: Off-Site Location

Participants in this field trip are asked to be at the He`eia Fishpond no later than 8:30. The work day starts at 8:30 and end at 12 noon with lunch provided to follow.

The workday will be staged from Heʻeia State Park (Ulumau Village) located at 46-465 Kamehameha Hwy Kaneohe, HI 96744.  

Note about transportation: Transportation is provided only for those who indicated a need and have paid in advance. If you signed up and paid for transportation to and from the fishpond, please be at the Hawaii Convention Center no later than 7:30 to board the bus. (The bus will depart from the Bus Stop located at the front entrance of the Convention Center.) If you did not sign up for transportation when you registered to participate in this field trip, you are responsible for securing your own transportation to and from the fishpond. A map and directions are available at:

Thereʻs ample parking in the State Park.  Find a stall and park.  As you enter the park thereʻs an asphalt driveway immediately on the right leading down to the water.  Participants be gathered at the base of the driveway in the morning. 

Hawaiian fishponds represent a unique and advanced form of aquaculture found nowhere else in the world. Their invention was a result of the Hawaiians’ deep understanding of the environmental processes specific to the islands, as well as their connection to and observation of the food resources on the `āina (land) and in the kai (ocean). While the techniques of herding or trapping adult fish with rocks in shallow tidal areas are found elsewhere in the world, the six styles of Hawaiian fishponds, especially large walled ponds such as He`eia Fishpond, are uniquely technologically advanced and efficient, as their purpose was to cultivate pua (baby fish), and allow them to grow to maturity within the pond walls. Located in He`eia Uli on the island of Oahu, He`eia Fishpond is a walled (kuapā) style fishpond enclosing 88 acres of brackish water. The kuapā is built on the Malauka`a fringing reef that extends from the shoreline that surrounds the pond out into Kāne`ohe Bay. Built approximately 600 to 800 years ago by the residents of the area, the kuapā is possibly the longest in the island chain, measuring about 1.3 miles (7,000 feet) in length, and forms a complete circle around the pond. This is unique as most other fishpond walls are either straight lines or half circles connecting one point of shoreline to another.

This work day will be part of a large community volunteer day at He`eia Fishpond, beginning at 08:30 at the fishpond and ending at noon. Lunch will be provided by the staff. All ages are welcome to participate, but children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Tasks include moving rock and coral, filling buckets, hauling floating barges through the water, cutting/pulling out invasive mangrove, invasive limu (seaweed) removal, trash pickup, and reconstruction of the kuapā? (the seawall).

Please make sure you bring the following items to the workday:

  • Covered Shoes or Tabis (This is mandatory in order to participate.)
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty; your shoes also will get muddy and wet.
  • Sunscreen
  • Refillable Water Bottle (Ice water will be available for refills.)
  • Optional: Hat, Towel, Change of Clothes

Also please watch the weather.  If weather is stormy and rainy, there is always the chance that the organizers may cancel the workday.  If there is any question, cancellation will happen over email.  If you donʻt see a cancellation email, the workday is a GO!!!!!

For questions about this field trip, please contact the field trip organizer, Hi`ilei Kawelo, at or

South East O`ahu Coastal Geology Field Trip and Hike

Date: Saturday, 25 February 2017   Time: 09:00 - 15:00
Location: Off-Site Location

This field trip is now sold out. Participants will experience a fun adventure along the stunning South East O`ahu coastline and will explore the area's geology, hike through an unlit tunnel to the coast, and continue along the wave-cut ledge (surf/tide permitting). Lunch will be at Koko Marina, where you can purchase lunch from a variety of vendors (including fast-food, sushi, dim sum, & Kona Brewery). You are also welcome to bring your own picnic lunch, if you prefer, and enjoy it by the marina. Transportation from the main entrance of the Hawaii Convention Center to South East O`ahu coastline and back is included. What to bring: Hiking shoes with good grips; a small backpack containing 2 liters of water, sun protection (hat, glasses, sunscreen), rain jacket (because it can always rain), camera, flashlight or headlamp (for tunnel), lunch money and/or a picnic lunch. Please note: Appropriate hiking shoes are required. You cannot do this hike in flip-flops. For questions about this field trip, please contact the field trip organizer, Barb Bruno, at

Partnerships for Resilience and Sustainability: Waikiki and the Ala Wai Canal Watershed Field Trip

Date: Saturday, 4 March 2017   Time: 08:00 - 13:00
Location: Off-Site Location

This field trip is now sold out.

Participants in this field trip will meet in the Waikiki Zoo parking lot at 8:00 on Saturday, 4 March. For the Waikiki walking tour you will want to bring comfortable clothing/footwear and be prepared for heat and sunlight and to get on a sailing catamaran. This field trip will provide an overview of Urban Honolulu (Waikiki) and the adjacent Ala Wai canal and watershed. Participants will learn about coastal management efforts in Waikiki and the challenges facing coastal resources managers tasked with managing this critically important area. The field trip will introduce and showcase new climate and coastal hazard data available for Honolulu, Hawai‘i as well as other major regional resilience and sustainability efforts, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers $200 million Ala Wai Flood Control Project and new cutting edge proposed projects for sea water air conditioning for Honolulu and Waikiki, using Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). We will highlight and describe new collaborative partnerships for sustainability and resilience in the region that directly engage and apply University research. Participants will learn about the role of community partnerships developed and fostered by Hawai‘i Sea Grant and share lessons learned and opportunities for future collaboration and improvements. Following is a preliminary itinerary for the trip:

ITINERARY (Includes coastal tour and nearshore catamaran sail):

8:00 – Participants meet in the Waikiki Zoo parking lot

8:40 to 8:50 – Walk to Ala Wai Canal (Near library)

8:50 to 9:10 – Ala Wai Canal and Watershed Discussion

9:10 to 9:20 – Walk to Kapahulu groin

9:20 to 9:40 – Walking tour-Kapahulu groin to Queen's Surf Beach and Kuhio Beach Park in Waikiki

10:00 to 10:30 – Walk to Sheraton Waikiki along beach

10:30 – Arrive Sheraton Waikiki and check in at the Maitai catamaran

11:00 to 12:30 – Maitai sailing catamaran ride

This field trip is organized by Dolan Eversole and Matt Gonser with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant). If you have questions, you may send a message to or call 808-956-9780.