Aloha Thursday Evening Patrons,

Just a reminder! On Thursday evening October 10th, the UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program continues its public outreach series at the City and County of Honolulu’s Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

Thursday October 10,

Ecology of Hawai‘i Seagrass Beds

Dr. Catherine Unabia, Associate Professor of Biology, Hawai‘i Pacific University

When most folks in the world think of seagrass beds, they think of the long flat blades of the eelgrasses or aptly named turtlegrasses. These environments are nursery areas for juvenile marine animals, feeding areas for turtles, they stabilize sediments, recycle nutrients, clear water and are just generally a good thing. Like many of the soft sediment communities, seagrass meadows tend to be under-appreciated. They do not have the bright colors of the hard corals, but they are tremendously important. In Hawai‘i, the seagrasses in our shallow waters are quite elegant. They are the Halophilas, the salt lovers (from the Greek hals for salt and philos for love). We have two species, Halophila hawaiiana (endemic) and Halophila decipiens (worldwide distribution). Rather than having long flat blades, they have small canoe paddle-like blades – only an inch or so long. To learn more show up next Thursday!

As always, these events begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening in the theater at the Hanauma Bay Education Center. Events are free and open to the public, with no charge for parking after 5:30 p.m. We hope to see you on Thursday evening! These programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, navigate to the “Calendar of Events” located at


Shawn Carrier, Outreach Education Specialist

UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program