Northwestern island of the Hawaiian chains are under a coral bleaching alert watch. Sea water temperature was cooler at the beginning of June 2017 then June 2016. Overall temperatures cycles are similar. Advertisements
This image was made as a composite of two aerial photographs: 1954 and 2000. The later image show remarkable clarity of the reef system. The harbor, resorts and miscellaneous structure after 1956 were masked out.
This large mound coral about 10 ft diameter, Porites lutea, is in recovery mode. It is located northwest of Maumae beach south of Kawaihae Reef. The fish are 5″-6″ long for scale comparison.
King tide peaked at 17:07 on 5.26.2017 at Pelekane Bay and at Kawaihae small boat harbor north.
High king tide is visible, though effects of higher than usual tide are not evident since this is a harbor and not a populated area.
Coral colonies replanted on 5.15.17 appear stable.