Reef Watch Waikiki is a project of the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program's Waikiki Ecosystem Restoration Project within the Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism. We train community members to gather valuable data regarding the use and condition of near shore resources and share their knowledge of Waikiki's natural history with visitors and kama'aina. These activities are supported by grants and the hard work of dedicated community volunteers. We also partner with businesses and civic organizations who share our passion for the ocean.
What distinguishes us from organizations with similar goals is our methodology. Our mission is fulfilled largely through the efforts of volunteers who interact directly with people on the beach, in classrooms, and at community events. Emphasizing volunteer participation is important to maintaining the educational aspect of our program. We are not the beach police; our volunteers strive to share what they know and encourage good reef etiquette and ocean stewardship.
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