Corals are known to bleach from time to time, so it is too early to say if this is a trend for the warmer water months of summer in Hawaii. Kawaihae, Hawaii ‘s water temperature during May 2016 has reached 81.9°F for many more days then May 2015.
I suspected that the water temperature for the Kawaihae Reef and Harbor area during April and May 2016 is warmer than last year’s. NOAA Water Temperature Graphs below indicated that there are more days in May 2016 where the temperature is above 80°F already, with multiple days of peak temperature of 81.9°F as compared to … More May 2016 water temperature so far is warmer then May 2015
In over a month since 11.11.15 to 12.20.15, these mound coral colonies have almost fully recovered from a global coral bleaching event 2015. The water temperature has cooled from a high of 88.3F at 15:42 on September 12,2015 to a cool 76.2 F at 9:00 on December 20,2015. Other mound coral colonies in the area … More kawaihae reef coral bleaching recovery
Update 1.08.16 Water temperature 77.9F. These two colonies appears to be 99-100% recovered. Others are still bleached here and there. Some smaller colonies are taking longer to recover. Updated 12.30.15 Water temperature 78.8F. Certainly more and more recovery across the reef. Some colonies are still bleached white, but recovery is progressing. Updated 12.20.15 More improvements. … More coral recovery monitor from 11.11.15