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The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural resources in the world. It is also one of the top tourist destinations in Hawaii.  The popularity of Hanauma Bay is partly due to its alluring coral reef ecosystem and the marine life that reside there. 

Many visitors think of Hanauma Bay as just another snorkeling area with our efforts being mostly catered towards the “ocean environment.” But what about the coastal/dryland environment? Hanauma Bay’s coastal/dry-land native plants are characterized by survival adaptations to salt spray, high substrate salinity and wind exposure. They appear to be extremely rare, especially those within the coastal region (0-300m elevation).  Over the years, Hawaii’s threatened marine/terrestrial habitats have suffered the most damage by human influence (i.e. marine debris, development of Hawaii’s shores for tourism and continued introduction of highly invasive alien coastal species).  To ensure the survival of Hanauma Bay’s coastal reefs, beaches and coastal environment- the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program’s (UH Sea Grant) Hanauma Bay Education Program (HBEP) launched its E Mālama Hanauma’s Stewardship Program project in 2010.   

E Mālama Hanauma’s Stewardship Program is highly dependent upon community involvement with activities catered towards high school and college students.  With the help of existing HBEP volunteers and led by Gavin Iwai, the Service-Learning Coordinator and Anne Rosa, the Marine Preserve Education Specialist, aims to accomplish its mains goals: increase awareness of Hawaii’s marine resources among local community, develop widespread sense of place & stewardship for Hanauma Bay, and develop healthy initiatives for caring for the coastal environment through community support and action.