Aloha From Hawaii Newsletter
Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs and How You Can Help Them

A common misconception is that coral reefs are made of non-living rocks. Corals are actually tiny living animals that eat, grow and reproduce!

Typically just 1 to 3 millimeters in length, coral polyps can go undetected to the unknowing eye. When stressed or threatened, the polyp will contract into the cup, or calyx, where the polyp sits in order to protect itself from the elements or predators like invasive crown of thorns sea star (Acanthaster planci). Although the tiny polyps are practically unnoticeable, over time stony corals produce massive reef structures that span for miles and weigh several tons. A colony of coral polyps repeatedly secrete calcium carbonate (CaCO3), a hardened mineral, creating their stone-like habitat, which builds up into the foundation for one of the richest ecosystems in the world! More

Photo courtesy of Maui Ocean Center
Outrigger Canoe Racing

Outrigger Canoe Racing in Hawaii

Outrigger canoe racing, also known as regatta racing or Hui Wa‘a, is Hawaii’s official team sport, with thousands of paddlers (from keiki to kupuna), out on the ocean practicing or racing for much of the year.

In ancient Hawaii, the canoe was believed to be a living creation, was given a name and treated with great respect, like a revered member of the community. The naming tradition and canoes are still blessed before they are first used. Canoe racing was a popular pastime, with men wagering their possessions and even their wives on their favorite team.

While the official regatta season is in June and July, each with approximately 40 events from a one-fourth mile to one-and-one-half miles in length,  the biggest events are held toward the end of August or early September through October, with the inter-island races Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Molokai Hoe.

Teams are composed of paddlers of local and even international origins. Heads up! If surf is high, it is not unusual to see a canoe huli ... More.

Photos by HCRA
 

Crumb-Dusted Zucchini

Crumb-Dusted Zucchini

Zucchini
Italian herbs
Progresso bread crumbs
Salt and pepper


Cut zucchini in half, lengthwise. Sprinkle each piece with olive oil (to make the other flavorings adhere), Italian herbs, salt, pepper and Progresso bread crumbs. Fry each piece herb-side down in olive oil. Repeat the process of oil, herbs and bread crumbs, then flip when the first side is browned ... More.

Photo by Brett Uprichard

 
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