The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative

During its 10th year, HCRI is focusing on specific place-based programs which serve to integrate science, management and stakeholder participation to develop and implement appropriate policies and actions. Two ecosystems are being targeted, one on Oahu and one on Maui, based on a combination of community leadership, ecological characteristics and socio-economic considerations. 

Projects for fiscal year 2007 and 2008

  • An Ecosystem Recovery Area in Maui coastal waters: Kahekili
    Celia Smith and Ivor Williams
    To test whether the prohibition of herbivore fishing will increase their population and reduce the amount of invasive algae, DAR has submitted new regulations to set aside the Kahekili region of Maui as a trial herbivore recovery area by the end of 2008. Funding from HCRI will allow for characterization of the benthic community in order to create "before and after" comparisons.
  • Community-based Recovery Program for Maunalua Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
    Robert H. Richmond
    Land-based activities are having a negative impact on the health of Maunalua Bay. In order to reverse this deterioration, watershed impacts need to be addressed and reduced. This project will quantify the effects of the various land-based stressors and develop a set of prioritized responses.