The 939-acre Olowalu reef has been identified as one of the most essential reefs to protect on the island of Maui. Olowalu was declared an official Mission Blue Hope Spot in 2017, and research has shown that this large reef is an important source of larvae for other reefs in Maui Nui. However, issues from both the land and sea threaten this vital reef system. But efforts are underway to restore the area, with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) heavily involved.
The public is invited to learn more about this ecosystem and the efforts to protect it in a free webinar, “The Vision for Olowalu-Ukumehame-Papalaua,” on November 2 at 5:30 pm, led by environmental engineer Kim Falinski of TNC. This presentation is part of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s (MNMRC) monthly Know Your Ocean Speaker Series, sponsored by the County of Maui. Admission is free but advanced registration is required.