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Hanauma Bay has been recovering since closing in March, new research shows

  • Video by Craig T. Kojima and courtesy video by Sarah Serevino

    Hanauma Bay has been closed to the public since March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MAY 28
                                Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve was free of visitors while researchers did work in May.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MAY 28

    Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve was free of visitors while researchers did work in May.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MAY 28
                                Above, branches of a toppled Heliotrope tree framed Hanauma Bay in May.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MAY 28

    Above, branches of a toppled Heliotrope tree framed Hanauma Bay in May.

  • COURTESY HAWAII INSTITUTE OF MARINE BIOLOGY
                                Researchers filmed behavior of fish, including herbivorous manini (Achilles Tang) and uhu (parrotfish) that keep coral healthy by grazing algae.

    COURTESY HAWAII INSTITUTE OF MARINE BIOLOGY

    Researchers filmed behavior of fish, including herbivorous manini (Achilles Tang) and uhu (parrotfish) that keep coral healthy by grazing algae.

  • COURTESY HAWAII INSTITUTE OF MARINE BIOLOGY
                                The Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology has been conducting research on water quality, coral health and fish behavior in the bay.

    COURTESY HAWAII INSTITUTE OF MARINE BIOLOGY

    The Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology has been conducting research on water quality, coral health and fish behavior in the bay.

Although it’s a lot quieter, some things have been getting livelier at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve since it was closed to human visitors March 18 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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