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The Friends of Hanauma Bay is dedicated to the conservation of coastal and marine environments, emphasizing stewardship of the natural resources of Hanauma Bay. If you love Hanauma Bay, join us in our efforts to preserve the Bay for future generations.

04 December 2012 ~ Comments Off on HOW GOOD WERE THE “GOOD OLD DAYS”?


By Alan Hong, Hanauma Bay Manager Emeritus (re-posted from a 2007 FOHB Newsletter)

Liz Kumabe from our Education Program recently showed me the report from an activities study done in Hanauma Bay in 1964. The data reminded me of how our way of thinking has changed when faced with a massively growing population and rapidly diminishing natural resources.

Older kama’aina have fond memories of parking on the beach, picnicking, camping, fishing, and spearing in Hanauma Bay. For many of them, the conservation restrictions, the crowd control measures, the smoking ban, the admission fee, the construction of an Education Center and required viewing of an orientation video are changes that make them long for the good old days.

Here’s some data from those “Good old days”. The survey was done on two weekends in June of 1964, and gives a daily average of weekend activities found in Hanauma Bay. This type of data helps refresh our memory as to how we once treated this place.

  • Mean number of persons with skin diving gear 121
  • Mean number of persons with SCUBA gear 7
  • Mean number of persons with spear guns 45
  • Mean number of persons with fishing poles 51
  • Mean number of persons with dip and throw nets 15
  • Mean number of persons with hammers or crowbars 7
  • Mean number of persons bow fishing or squidding 3

Yes, it was not unusual back then for ocean users to carry hammers or crowbars. From observations, the study went on to estimate the number of coral heads removed on weekends as 468 per year. The weekend removal of fish was estimated as 1,092 per year.
In this day and age, it is difficult to imagine a Hanauma Bay without the conservation designation that gives us the abundant marine life, the crowd control measures that limit congestion, the smoking ban that gives us clean air and sand, the admission fee that makes us self sufficient, and the Education Center and video that enhances our preservation.

This year marks forty years since Hanauma Bay became Hawaii’s first Marine Life Conservation District and the fifth year since the grand opening of the our Education Center. These landmarks will be highlighted by several educational activities this summer.

As we celebrate all the good changes that have occurred at Hanauma Bay, let’s take some time to acknowledge that these changes would not have happened were it not for the vision of dedicated people who were willing to campaign a needed cause in the face of a society opposed to change.

30 September 2012 ~ Comments Off on Ron Walker

Ron Walker

Ron Walker

Hanauma Bay volunteer Ron Walker passed away on September 30, 2012. Ron worked diligently on the native plant garden with winter snowbird volunteers Chuck & Carol Harms. He was at the Bay every Tuesday maintaining the hillside plants throughout the year.

Ronald retired in 2003 having served as a wildlife biologist, manager and administrator with the State Department of Land & Natural Resources for 37 years and as a fish and wildlife biologist with the Refuges & Ecological Services offices of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services for 8 years.

His interest in Hawai‘i’s wildlife began as a Hilo High student, counting pheasants for the State on horseback during the summer and hunting sheep on Mauna Kea on weekends.

He was a graduate of Oregon State University and the U.S. Naval Communications School in Washington D.C.

In the 1970s he led the Hawaiian Waterbirds Recovery Team, which produced the first waterbird recovery plan. In his early years he led the moulton/feral sheep hybridization project on Mauna Kea and State-wide game bird introduction program.

He served on the board of directors of the Hawai‘i Audubon Society, Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi and Hawai‘i Botanical Society. He was an active volunteer with many organizations including the Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Kaelepulu Wetland Sanctuary, Na Ala Hele & Hawai‘i Nature Center.

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He was also an accomplished graphic illustrator and created the artwork for the license plate benefiting the State Department of Land & Natural Resources.

08 May 2012 ~ Comments Off on Robert “Bob” Blair Graham

Robert “Bob” Blair Graham

Robert GrahamBorn May 9, 1929 in Hot Lake, Oregon, HBEP volunteer Bob Graham passed away May 8, 2012, at 82.

Bob was raised in Boise, Idaho. He was a resident of Honolulu for 45 years and retired as Director of Data Systems for the City & County of Honolulu.  He served as the Cub Scout Pack 115 Cubmaster, the Aina Haina PTA President and Niu Valley Community Association President.  Bob was active during his retirement years serving as a volunteer for AARP and the Bishop Museum. He was a member of the Elks Club and the Saint Andrews Society of Hawaii.

Bob was an avid and active walker, surfer, traveler, RV owner, fisherman, snorkeler and bagpipe lover. To satisfy these passions he traveled to all 50 states, every province in Canada (except one) and circumnavigated Australia and New Zealand.

He is survived by wife Elizabeth Lloyd Noroian; sons John W. (Kathy), Thomas L. (Claudia), Roderick W. (Tetuanui); 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild!

07 April 2012 ~ Comments Off on Linda Levins

Linda Levins

Linda Levins

Former Friends of Hanauma Bay Board Member Linda Levins passed away on April 7th, 2012.

Linda worked for many years as an Operations Specialist at Hawaii American Water Company.

She was an active member of the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui.

Linda was also a strong advocate for ocean conservation. She was a volunteer with the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale Sanctuary and loved participating in the annual sanctuary whale count.

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22 November 2011 ~ Comments Off on Victor & Marie Cole

Victor & Marie Cole

Victor and Marie ColeVic passed away on November 22nd 2011 and Marie passed away in October of 2010.

Marie and Vic were faithful “snowbird” volunteers with the HBEP since 1995.

They would fly in every winter season from Manlius, New York and stay until early May.

They were a part of HBEP’s Wednesday afternoon crew, and were well‐known for their outgoing personalities and upbeat spirits.

Marie was born in New York City. She was an artist and served as president of Associated Artists of Syracuse and president of the Greenwich Gem and Mineral Club of Sydney, Australia. She was also a member of the Oriental Art Society of Honolulu.

Vic was born in New York City. He was the President of the senior class, and the President of two honor societies while at New York University. He worked for Carrier Corporation for 38 years occupying a number of positions including Vice President in charge of Asia and the Pacific Region.

He was active in numerous organizations, including the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Hawaii, the Waikiki Aquarium, the Society of Asian Art of Hawaii and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Marie and Vic were married for 61 years and are survived by a son, Richard and daughter-in-law, Lois of Stonington, CT.

21 September 2011 ~ Comments Off on Robert “Bob” Gee

Robert “Bob” Gee

Bob GeeBob passed away on Sept. 21, 2011.

Born in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park, PA, he had a 21 year career as a naval officer with combat service in the Korean War, and also spent several years based in Hawaii where he met and married his wife.

After retirement from the Navy in 1963, he returned to the world of academia.

After earning his Masters of Business Administration degree, he worked in the College of Business as an Undergraduate Advisor in the Dean’s Office and as an Accounting instructor.

Bob was a faithful Wednesday morning HBEP volunteer for 20 years, a milestone which speaks to his great love of and service to the Bay.

Bob was also a great cook and baker, fulfilling requests for his most popular dishes, in addition to bread and Stollen, a German Christmas bread.

He always made sure to bring baked goodies for HBEP staff and fellow volunteers.

He also volunteered teaching “Fishy Facts” to visiting kindergarten classes at Sea Life Park for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Robbie, daughter Katherine Fujimori (Randy) of Moloka’i, and two granddaughters, Puakaliloa Fujimori and Kaha’owai’olu Fujimori both currently in college and residing in Las Vegas, NV.

08 September 2011 ~ Comments Off on Wayne Huffman

Wayne Huffman

Wayne HuffmanWayne passed away on September 8th, 2011.

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Wayne was an AT&T telephone technician.

Wayne was also an Army veteran.

Wayne reached a 10 year milestone this year with his volunteer tenure at the Bay.

A faithful volunteer, last year Wayne returned after taking some time off and recruited his sister Sheryl to volunteer. They became a volunteer tag-team at the visitor center and beach desk.

He is survived by brothers Mark and Alan Lee, and sister Sheryl.