Identifying A Mystery Bottle from a Sunken WWII wreck off Makena, Maui

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During WWII the Kihei-Makena coastline of Maui was an important training area for U.S. Marines headed to the Pacific. The sandy beaches were good for practicing beach assaults with amphibious tractors (AMTRACS) which were also known as LVTs (Landing Vehicles Tracked). For unknown reasons, some of these vehicles ended up submerged in relatively shallow water (60-80 feet), and are now some of our favorite …

Part Two – Juvenile Blacklip Butterflyfish (Chaetodon kleinii)

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Swarming divers and turtles in competition for food Strength in numbers is not a phrase that applies to the recent settlement of estimated millions of Blacklip Butterflyfish (Chaetodon kleinii) at Molokini and off the south coast of Maui. This many fish compete mightily for the limited amount of available food. We didn’t realize how serious the competition was until we had …

Mud micro-atolls or ??

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While driving along North Kihei Road, something caught my eye in the standing water behind the big dune near the Whale Sanctuary Building. I knew it couldn’t be, but they looked just like the coral micro-atolls in the Olowalu area. But these were in fresh/brackish water where corals would not be living, so what could they be? I had to …

Reef dynamiting and seawall building off of Kihei’s Kalama Park

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What it teaches us for Ukumehame and Olowalu Forty years ago a fanciful little piece titled “Our Living Reefs” filled some space in a corner of a page in the The Maui News. It contained flowery words such as “rainbow profusion” and “underwater fairyland.” But it also contained eight surprisingly wise words that we’ve seemingly forgotten today. The eight words were …