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Kahalu’u Bay

Kahalu’u Bay was designated a Hope Spot by Mission Blue in May 2022, becoming the second Hope Spot in Hawai’i alongside Olowalu Reef off the island of Maui. It is known as a “Wahi Pana” – a sacred site in Hawai’i– and is located on the west coast of Big Island. The site of a historic breakwater and a significant royal residence, the Bay is called “āina lei ali‘i,” in Hawaiian which translates to “lands that adorn the chiefs.” The clear and shallow waters of Kahalu’u Bay are home to an ancient coral reef system, which is populated by endemic fish and eel species and which also provides a sanctuary for threatened marine life including Hawaiian monk seals, humpback whales, green turtles and hawksbill turtles. For this reason, Kahalu’u Bay is a popular snorkelling spot. But more importantly, it needs to be protected as a vital life source for the local population, whose ancestors have been sustained here for centuries.

Protected Species

Eels Green Sea Turtles Hawksbill Sea Turtles Humpback whales Monk Seal
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