The day began with high wispy clouds, crystal clear waters and brisk trades flowing through the Lanai suites. With anxiousness palpable in the air, everyone in the class was making the finishing touches on their presentations. Upon meeting in the classroom a short meeting commenced and as a handful of eager attendees arrived the discussions began.
The first group was Lingula survey (Jesse, Kate, Ally and Taylor) discussing the potential influence of sediment sorting on L.reevii abundance. (No have pik of jesse group sry)The levels of sorting were calibrated for all the sites (Fringing Reef J, Fringin Reef A, Fringing Reef B3, 2 Sandbar sites and Reef 15). The group seemed disappointed in the fact that no significant relationship resulted between L.reevii abundance. However, fret not group Lingula survey for you have saved countless classes in the future from enduring the pains (and smells) of sifting through sediment to the wee hours of the morning. The Lingula spatial (picture here)(Ky + Man coalition) group then elaborated on the influence of abiotic factors on L.reevii distribution throughout the bay. Water depth proved to be the most telling factor, but no strong influence was proven. Luckily, this was overlooked as Ky’s GIS skills held everyone’s attention throughout.
Montipora survey group (Nikita,TiTi,Kaela and Troy) then elaborated on their past month of research explaining their observations of depth, pH, salinity, water flow and sediment on reefs 44 and 47. Troy then explained that temperature was significantly different over the two sites after almost flinging the lazer pointer across the room. Montipora spatial group (Liz,Kelsey and Ryan) then took over to visually map the findings of the whole group and explain what it was like to experience shark attacks, thievery on the high seas and beaching oneself on a cheese grater at low tide.
The newly formed band of braddahs n friends (picture) then packed up and were escorted by braddah Darren across the channel to Lilipuna pier. One last picture was taken before the group set off over the Ko’olaus for Manoa Valley. In the end, some would travel 10 miles to their homes while others will travel 10,000, but we will all forever remember where the road home began when we arrived just one month earlier on Moku o Loe. May her fish be fat and her trees be bountiful until she fades into the deep blue Pacific.