Naive Expectations: Fieldwork in Hawai’i

Second story in our Summer 2017 Blog Series! Enjoy! Contributed by Catherine Hudson “We’re doing fieldwork in Hawaaaaaiiii! We’re doing field work in Hawaaaaiii,” I sang out as we began to rig up the kayak for our adventure. It was a beautiful day in paradise complete with a bright sun overhead, majestic mountains rising up... Continue Reading →

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Bridging the Gap

Contributed by Leah Shizuru Whooosh... As I stood near the puka and gazed at the raw beauty of the steady flow of incoming ocean water spilling into the fishpond I listened to and appreciated the unmistakable sound of rushing water. What a thrilling experience for both the eyes and ears. It was hard to fathom... Continue Reading →

A Bittersweet Cruise

A guest blog post contributed by Donn Viviani I conduct my oceanographic research on a 186-foot-long ship at Station ALOHA, 60 miles from 'Oahu and the site of the 25-year-old Hawai'i Ocean Time-series. Cruises last five days and are scheduled well in advance.  So I was surprised one evening when my advisor emailed, “we have... Continue Reading →

The One With The Peanut Butter M&M’s

By Shimi Rii In May, I embarked on HOT-252, (possibly) my last HOT cruise for my Ph.D. project.  I say ‘possibly’ because you never know what your committee may spring on you at the last minute. Inside, however, I felt a bit giddy but already nostalgic – there were many adventures that sprung out of... Continue Reading →

Chasing Plankton

By Michelle J. Jungbluth October 23, 2011.  The day started out sunny, warm, pretty much a normal day on Oahu.  Little did I know that it was going to be my own personal ‘D-day’, the next day would be the beginning of a very busy 14 days.  I was having a great night grilling at... Continue Reading →

Aquatic Soldiering – The Norm

By Christine A. Waters I told myself I wouldn’t have to do this anymore. Whaaaat am I doing here?” As the sun beat down on us mercilessly, I played through memories: the incisive friction of Kevlar antennas and tie-downs tearing from my grip in the Chihuahuan Desert under gusts of wind, the swelling cramps in... Continue Reading →

Creatures Lurking in the Darkness

By Anela Choy In clear waters to the far north-west of Hawaiʻi’s main islands is a series of submerged and partially submerged remnants of once volcanic islands and drowned coral reefs.  These land masses and the 139,797 square-miles of the surrounding Pacific Ocean comprise the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, our nation’s largest conservation area and... Continue Reading →

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