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