In Hawai’i, the ocean is our playground, a source of food, and a place we go to cleanse and heal. It’s upon all of us to be stewards of the ocean and to treat it with respect. Kahalu’u Bay Education Center (KBEC), established in 2011, serves to educate visitors on “reef etiquette” and our responsibility as kama’aina. This effort helps protect the bay’s fragile ecosystem and helps develop a long-term plan to ensure the bay remains a clean, safe and welcoming place for all.
KBEC, a program of The Kohala Center, is an independent, community-based center for research, conservation, and education. KBEC’s main areas of focus are food, water, place, and people. They turn research and ancestral knowledge into action, so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive…ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially.
Join us on Thursday, June 21, from 9 am – 12 pm for a morning of education, physical activity, and more! We will learn proper reef etiquette, the cultural history of the bay and, if the tide is agreeable, we will investigate the marine life in some tide pools. You will also have the option to snorkel for those that are comfortable.
We will host an optional brown-bag lunch talk-story from 12 pm – 1 pm to discuss what we’ve learned as well as learn about KBEC’s Youth Leadership program and the healthy recipe booklet they created.
We hope you will join us!