Day 10: A Change of Plans

Due to heavy rains over the past few nights, a brown water alert was declared for the Kᾱne’ohe Bay area.

Needless to say, we weren’t able to go into the water today as was previously planned. We started the day off with our scheduled lecture by Dr. Kaipo Perez, who helped get our morning started off right with a traditional Hawaiian chant:

Hawaiian Chant delivered by Dr. Kapio Perez

Hawaiian Chant delivered by Dr. Kaipo Perez

Dr. Perez discussed some of his recent work as well as some traditional Hawaiian ways of viewing the oceans.  There was a lot of Hawaiian in this lecture, so to help get on board with the lingo, here is a brief vocabulary review of both Hawaiian and scientific terms that we use a lot here on Coconut Island.

Ahupua’a-  subdivision of Hawaiian land that ran from the mountains down to the sea. These sections ensured that each group of people had what they needed to survive.

Ali’i  - ancient Hawaiian chiefs; a word used to indicate nobility

ANOVA- Analysis of Variance; used in statistical tests

Benthic-  bottom/floor area of a body of water; this may include the substrate as well as layers below it that contain life; may be used to refer to organisms that live in these habitats

Endemic – when an organism is only found in one specific location on Earth

Heiau – a Hawaiian temple; there were different types for many different uses (ex. fishing, curing the sick, etc.)

Indigenous- an organism that originated in or is native to a particular location

Kanaloa- the Hawaiian God of the ocean

Kupuna- a grandparent, elder or ancestor

Makai- toward the ocean

Mauka – toward the mountains

Oli – Hawaiian chant

Rugosity – a measure of how the surface of a location changes in terms of height and area; used to measure topography

Wai – water

Wai Wai – wealth (how important is water?!)

Zooxanthellae – symbiotic photosynthetic algae that live within corals

After the lecture, the groups got together to discuss the necessary changes we would have to make to our research schedules due to the change in plans.









At lunch, we played games at the dorm. Afterwards, we reconvened at the classroom to discuss triangulation and then went out near the lighthouse to actually try it out.

Triangulation practice!

Triangulation practice!

We then discussed how we should approach the methods portion of our paper. We finished out the day by working on our boating skills, which are getting much better!























In addition to our field surveys of Lingula reevii and Montipora dilatata, we are also doing a side research project on sequencing the DNA of L. reevii and updating its taxonomic description. This is what we have so far:

DNA isolation and amplification!

DNA isolation and amplification!

Lab work!

Lab work!



DNA extraction results!

DNA extraction results!

That’s it for today… check in tomorrow to see what we do at the famous Lanikai Beach!













Sarah Rodeghero

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2 Responses to “Day 10: A Change of Plans”

  1. Ku'ulei Says:

    Nice job Sarah! Love the vocab inclusion.

  2. Joseph Menor Jr Says:

    Great write.

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