Dr. Isabella Aiona Abbott was an educator and ethnobotanist from Hawaiʻi. She was the first native Hawaiian woman to receive a PhD in science and became the leading expert on Pacific algae. Help celebrate Dr. Abbott's birthday by rehabilitating Waikīkī Beach.
Several species of alien algae have become established on Hawaiʻi’s reefs and have contributed towards the decline of some reef areas. One such area is the reef fronting the Aquarium, and efforts have been underway since 2002 to remove these alien species and restore the reef to its natural condition. Driven by Dr. Celia Smith and her students at the University of Hawaiʻi’s Department of Botany, this Waikīkī Aquarium/Botany Department collaboration is a community-oriented project that seeks to remove the alien algae from the reef ecosystem by picking them from the substrate and loading them onshore.
All ages are welcome. However, minors should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Cleanups start around 9 a.m. and have a soft ending of about 11:30 a.m.
Volunteers should arrive at 8:45 a.m. to check in. RSVP and find more info online.
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