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Phew, It’s Not All Bad News!

September 9, 2014

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From: underwater2web . <underwater2web@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM
Subject: A Beautiful Hawaiian Reef vs Kauai North Shore Reefs
To: You’z Guyz

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Kona, HI

[OK First the Bad News]Three years ago the coral reef in Hanalei Bay under the surf spot called “the bowl” looked healthy and there were over 23 giant old growth mound corals covering the reef!! It was beautiful to look at and these corals were over 200 years old and some weighed over a ton! These corals made the wave hollow and the waves great to surf on!! Today these old growth mound corals are almost all dead and dissolving into mud! What caused this massive destruction in a few short years? Do the rest of the reefs in Hawaii look like this?

 
The Hanalei and north shore of Kauai reefs have been bombarded by the Navy’s use of electronic warfare. Sonar blast and and high intensity microwaves. Plus the reefs at Hanalei are flooded with mud and toxins flowing out of the river and creek due to failed wetland digging projects. All of this has killed the reef!!
 
[Now the Good News!] On the other hand the reefs along the Kona Coast of Hawaii are in great shape compared to Kauai north shore reefs! I shot detailed video of the reefs along the Kona Coast three years ago and I am now here in Kona shooting video of the very same reefs to see if they have died like the Hanalei Reefs! They have not and the corals here are just beautiful.
 
Here are some pictures out of my video and also some that Pamela Whitman shot yesterday of the reefs near Kailua Kona. Notice the entire reef is covered with live coral. The big beautiful mound corals are solid golden color without any disease or dissolving like the Kauai corals. There are lots of fish, urchins and other coral reef creatures. I added in three of the corals that are diseased and dissolving right now in Hanalei Bay for comparison. Can you tell the difference?
 
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Kona, HI

1800 years ago when the first people from Tahiti set eyes on Hawaii and saw the flowing volcano’s making new reefs they new they had arrived at a magical and special place in the middle of the Pacific. Corals that started to grow 1800 years ago are still alive today on the Big Island but the corals that were growing in Hanalei Bay have almost all been killed!! Same with the entire north shore of Kauai!

 
Here is a beautiful painting of what the first voyage to Hawaii may have looked like. Right below the canoe were new baby corals, still alive today on some Hawaiian reefs but not others. Have we no respect for these old growth corals and the people who first set eyes on them? Will we just continue to sit back and watch our coral reefs here on the north shore of Kauai fade away on a daily basis when we have the ability to stop this massive destruction of our sacred reefs?
 

Aloha,

Terry Lilley
Marine Biologist
Hanalei, Kauai
underwater2web.com
 
P.S. (From Me)  Now guys, if it were “Climate Change” or “Ocean Acidification” or “Over Fishing” or some other useless excuse because “I can’t think of anything better but I need to make it sound good so they know I spent my grant money well” reason for the Kauai Reef dissolving right below the approx. 30 million watts of pulsed microwave radars than how come Kona, Hawaii reefs are doing FINE ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
 
 
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Kona Coast, HI

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Kona Coast, HI

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Kona Coast, HI

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Kona Coast, HI.  That’s me, the fish with no color

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Kona Coast, HI

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North Shore Kauai, HI

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North Shore Kauai, HI

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North Shore Kauai, HI

 

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