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Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii is our next Virtual Reef!

We are very pleased to report that the students and teachers of the Academy of the Pacific, in Honolulu,  led by Science professor Mary Costello are getting ready to complete the first Virtual Reef on Oahu, none other that Hanauma Bay! This location is the site of Hawaii's oldest Marine Protected Area, created in the '60s. We are really excited to begin monitoring coral health using the Virtual Reef protocols and virtual survey techniques. To help the students complete the project ReefQuest's founder and Virtual Reef creator Dylan Vecchione will join the Academy of the Pacific for a day of imaging on July 27th at the bay. We will conduct an under-water photography refresher class and lead students, teachers and volunteers underwater. Stay tuned for photos and results. 

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Comment by Joshua Kaiolohia Bailey on November 20, 2012 at 10:51am
We hope to learn about the reef and teach other people our learnings. And we hope to come back with something nobody else has seen before.
Comment by Rachel Handlin on November 20, 2012 at 10:51am
I am excited to study the coral reef at Hanauma Bay!
Comment by Branden on November 20, 2012 at 10:53am
This excursion was a lot of fun.  We still got work done, too.  I'm looking forward for our next excursion to studying the reef.  I hope that our research can assist those people who don't have the pleasure to visit and study Hawaii's beaches.
Comment by Tj colby on November 20, 2012 at 10:54am
Aloha my Name is Tj and its a real honor to be part of your group and I cant wait to learn more about the reef . Also I am excited to study Hanauma Bay reef and see what I can find out about the reef health and see the marine life react in there every day lives.
Comment by Maurizio Vecchione on November 20, 2012 at 11:16am

Dear Academy of the Pacific team: I am happy to report that we just received back from Microsoft the processed 3D images from our summer survey at Hanauma. Dylan and I will work on posting the Hanauma virtual reef shortly so you can all begin using it for virtual surveys online.

Comment by Sean Nonaka on November 20, 2012 at 11:34am
I can't wait till I can go to Hanauma bay. I will try my hardest to work and take as many pictures as I can.
Comment by Travis foster on November 20, 2012 at 11:36am
That sounds great!
I really like the 3d programs.
Comment by Morgan Tomlinson on November 20, 2012 at 11:38am
I'm also excited to go out to Hanauma Bay and study the reef. It's one thing learning about reefs in class but getting out into the water is a whole different experience!
Comment by Shane Lawson Fogg on November 20, 2012 at 11:39am
I just wanted to thank the people at Reef Quest for going to hanauma bay in the summer with me and the students of Academy of the pacific. I am looking forward to seeing you all in the future.
Comment by Jules Coffee on November 20, 2012 at 11:39am
I really look forword to swimming and collecting data as a class!

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