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Fish fewer at Hanauma Bay since reopening with new visitor limitations system

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                                Hanauma Bay reopened in December after closing for 8-1/2 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Above, the bay on Thursday morning before the first visitors arrived.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hanauma Bay reopened in December after closing for 8-1/2 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Above, the bay on Thursday morning before the first visitors arrived.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Above, the first group of visitors walked down the path to the bay.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Above, the first group of visitors walked down the path to the bay.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Above, Zach Urgena, left, and Mariel Cruz, visiting from New York City, prepared to go into the water Thursday at Hanauma Bay.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Above, Zach Urgena, left, and Mariel Cruz, visiting from New York City, prepared to go into the water Thursday at Hanauma Bay.

In the first light of day, at 7 a.m., when Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve opens to the public, its great half moon of beach is empty, and the sea over its dappled reef is at peak clarity, before rising winds and waves, kicking swim fins and wading feet bring turbidity. Read more

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