BY LUANA MAITLAND — We had a house of full of children, the next generation, who joined us for our “O Ke Kai Series” held at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort Saturday, June 18.
Our topic this month was to share the awareness of caring for our “ocean earth,” as quoted by Nainoa Thompson (president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and navigator on the Hokulea), and supporting Outrigger’s coral reef conservation effort in conjunction with World Oceans Day.
Joining the Friends of Hokulea and Hawaiiloa were Dr. Hollie Putnam, senior postdoctoral scholar, and researchers from the University of Hawaii, to talk about corals and their offspring and about coral reproduction in a changing environment. Appropriately, they focused on how corals will be “Navigating the Next Generation,” seeing as we had so many children in attendance.
We also had students from Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy share what they’ve learned to prepare themselves to become crewmembers. In return, they had the opportunity to learn a lot from Dr. Putnam about caring for our coral life.