Aloha HBEP Educational Lecture Series Patrons!
Here is some information about this week’s
Sundays at the Bay, an outreach educational series presented by the Hanauma Bay Education Program,
University of Hawai`i Sea Grant College Program.

Sanctuary Ocean Count: a community project that monitors humpback whales in Hawai`i
Nicholas Joly, Sanctuary Ocean Count Project Coordinator,Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA


Each winter, from approximately December to May, a portion of the endangered North Pacific humpback whale population migrates from their feeding grounds in Alaska to the waters of Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i’s marine environment is considered to be one of the most important breeding, calving, and nursing grounds for humpback whales in the North Pacific. However, gaps in knowledge of preferred habitat use and the factors influencing distribution patterns on a larger scale still exist. The annual Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS) Ocean Count is a coordinated shore-based census of humpback whales conducted during their peak breeding season. The project provides Hawai‘i’s residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in evaluating the status of humpback whales by collecting data on the population distribution and behavior frequencies within the study area. The results may provide insight into the use patterns of particular sites and will inform future management decisions during times of heavy humpback whale use.

See you this Sunday at Hanauma Bay!

Where: Hanauma Bay
When: Sundays
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: FREE
Parking fee: $1 per vehicle

Meet at visitor center entrance at 2:45 p.m.

Please Note: Patrons of “Sundays at the Bay” do not need to buy tickets at the admission window.

Patrons are given a “Hawaii Sea Grant” hand stamp that allows access into the education alcove for the lecture but no access to the beach itself.

Anyone who wishes to go to the beach BEFORE the lecture, will be processed through the regular admission line and shall pay the admission fee of $7.50 (if you are not a Hawai`i resident). Admission to Hanauma Bay is free for Hawai`i residents.