For Saturday, March 12, 2011
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 12, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 1:25 p.m. HST, Mar 12, 2011
Researchers have been discussing this week how to predict and monitor coral-bleaching in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Corals appear white or "bleached" when the ocean becomes too hot and they expel the algae they rely on to survive. Corals might recover if the algae returns, but they are still significantly weaker and more vulnerable to disease.
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Deputy Superintendent Randy Kosaki said Thursday this week's discussions among scientists, managers and cultural experts will help managers decide how to best support the island chain in the face of climate change.
Some corals in the monument bleached last summer as ocean temperatures rose to higher-than-normal levels for a couple of weeks. But the monument was spared large-scale mass bleachings like those recorded in Southeast Asia last year.
Musical acts including Na Hoku Hanohano nominee Pimpbot, the Farrington High Dance Crew and other entertainers will be featured at Honolulu Community College's Springfest, April 9 from 2 to 9 p.m. on the campus mall. The community event will also have food booths and games for keiki. Parking will be available through the Kokea Street entrance.