Respecting Coral Reefs Sign Project

The Respecting Coral Reefs sign project was designed to educate locals and tourists who visit popular coral reef locations around Maui about proper reef etiquette. Composed of informative tips and colorful photographs, the interpretive signs are “adopted” by local businesses that fund the creation and installation of the signs. The project has been so successful on the island of Maui that we’ve expanded the program throughout the state of Hawaii.

The content of the interpretive signs was developed by CORAL’s Hawaii Field Manager, Liz Foote, in partnership with Megan Webster (Makai Stewardship Coordinator, Maui Land & Pineapple Co., Inc.) and Russell Sparks (Education Specialist, Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources), with extensive input from many individuals, organizations, and agencies statewide. The signs were designed by Geoff Moore of Silver Moon Art and Design, and the photographs were donated by Mike Roberts (Reeflections Underwater Photography), Brandoch Calef, Heather Spalding, John Hoover, George Balazs, Ziggy Livnat, Russell Sparks, and Liz Foote. Special thanks to Mike Roberts and Brandoch Calef, whose efforts for the sign project went above and beyond duty.

Read quotes from sponsors and supporters of the Respecting Coral Reefs Sign Project.

 


To learn more about this project, click here to download this informational file about the Adopt-a-Sign program, including pricing, ordering info, sign specifications and other relevant details, or contact Liz Foote.

 

Respecting Coral Reefs Sign Locations and Sponsors

MAUI

Honolua Bay (sponsored by sign design team – CORAL, Project S.E.A.-Link, DLNR, Maui Land & Pineapple Co. and Hawaii Tourism Authority)

Kapalua Bay (sponsored by sign design team – CORAL, Project S.E.A.-Link, DLNR, Maui Land & Pineapple Co. and Hawaii Tourism Authority)

Mokuleia Bay (sponsored by sign design team – CORAL, Project S.E.A.-Link, DLNR, Maui Land & Pineapple Co. and Hawaii Tourism Authority)

Lahaina Harbor (sponsored by sign design team – CORAL, Project S.E.A.-Link, DLNR, Maui Land & Pineapple Co. and Hawaii Tourism Authority)

Keawakapu Beach (County of Maui Office of Economic Development)

Four Seasons Resort at Wailea (County of Maui Office of Economic Development)

Ulua Beach Park (Pacific Whale Foundation)

Wailea Beach (Wailea Community Association)

Ahihi Kina’u Natural Area Reserve – entrance to Maonakala (Department of Land and Natural Resources)

Ahihi Kina’u Natural Area Reserve – Waiala Cove (Department of Land and Natural Resources)

Sheraton Maui Resort (2) (sponsored by hotel)

Marriott Maui Ocean Club (sponsored by hotel)

Kaanapali Alii (sponsored by hotel)

Olowalu – mile marker 14 (sponsored by Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel)

Westin Maui (sponsored by hotel)

Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort (three sponsored by hotel; one by the Vander Heide family)

Ritz Carlton Kapalua (sponsored by hotel)

Napili Surf Beach Resort (sponsored by hotel)

Po’olenaena Beach Park (anonymous donation)

Kamaole III Beach Park (Kihei Community Association)

D.T. Fleming Beach Park (Keli‘i’s Kayak Tours)

Kamaole I Beach Park (Jilly Goldman, Century 21)

Napili Bay (sponsored by Island Spirit Yoga; installed and hosted by Napili Bay Resort)

Outrigger Maui Eldorado (Bill Hayden)

Mahana (Thomas R. Swanson and family)

Kamaole II Beach Park (Kihei Community Association)

Kalepolepo Park (Kihei Community Association)

Kalama Park (2) (Kihei Community Association)

Maalaea Harbor Shops (Project S.E.A.-Link and Hawaii Tourism Authority; installed by the Kihei Community Association and hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation)

Kihei Boat Ramp (Project S.E.A.-Link and Hawaii Tourism Authority; installed by the Kihei Community Association)

Honua Kai Boardwalk (sponsored by hotel)

Kahekili Beach Park (Sophie Greeno and Mahana owners, in memory of Kathryn Dragas)

Puamana Beach Park (2) (sponsored by County of Maui)

 

 

HAWAII ISLAND

 

Kailua Pier (Coral Reef Alliance)

La‘aloa Bay (Coral Reef Alliance)

Honaunau Bay (Coral Reef Alliance with support from Honaunau community)

Puako Bay Condos (The Nature Conservancy and Hawaii Tourism Authority)

Puako – Wailea Bay State Park, South Kohala (Lyons Family; with technical support from The Nature Conservancy and installed by Division X, Inc.)

Puako – Big Island Public Access at Paniau (for Gordon Russell from Ed Storm, Storm Land Co., with technical support from The Nature Conservancy)

Richardson’s Beach Park (2) (Mokupapapa Marine Discovery Center)

Wai Opae MLCD (Coral Reef Alliance in support of a community stewardship project by Randi Brennon and Hui Malama na Mea a Kane at the Hawaii Academy of Arts & Sciences)

Kealakekua Bay (Coral Reef Alliance – replaced State of Hawaii’s sign destroyed by tsunami)

Kohala Coast, The Fairmont Orchid, resort property (sponsored by the resort)

Kohala Coast, The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, resort property (sponsored by CORAL and the resort)
 

KAUAI

Honoiki Beach, Princeville (Coral Reef Alliance and Hawaii Tourism Authority, with support from Hanalei Watershed Hui and the St. Regis Hotel)

Kapa’a (Kayak Kauai)

Ha’ena Beach Park (sponsored by Hui Maka ‘ainana o Makana & Ha’ena Makai Watch)

 

OAHU

Pupukea MLCD (2) Sharks Cove and Three Tables (Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources and Malama Pupukea Waimea)  

Waikiki Beach, Halekulani, resort property (sponsored by the Hawaii Coral Reef Conservation Program and the resort)