Using Native Plants to Protect Coral Reefs

In West Maui, Hawai‘i, CORAL’s Senior Program Manager Jennifer Vander Veur shares how our actions on land can impact what happens under the sea. Run-off sediment is threatening nearby coral reefs and making it harder for them to survive. To address this problem, Vander Veur leads our efforts to protect coral reefs by using native… Continue Reading →

Reconnecting with the ‘Aina to Save Coral Reefs in Hawai’i

Land management plays an important role in Hawaiian culture, as well as the protection of nearby coral reefs. On the island of Maui, Noor, a local Restoration Biologist, and Poema, a Hawaiian Cultural and Plant Specialist, describe the significance of caring for the land in Hawai‘i.  Traditionally in Hawaiian culture, each person has a kuleana… Continue Reading →

IUCN World Conservation Congress

CORAL’s Perspective: Highlights from IUCN’s World Conservation Congress

From raging wildfires to melting glaciers to coral bleaching—it is clear that there is pressing urgency to face the planet’s climate and ecological emergency. After postponing last year’s event due to COVID-19, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) decided to hold its quadrennial World Conservation Congress from September 3 to 11, 2021 and commit to actions that… Continue Reading →

coastline in maui hawaii

CORAL Joins Maui Nui Makai Network

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is honored to join the Maui Nui Makai Network—a network of community groups from across Maui Nui that protect and care for marine and coastal ecosystems. The network was established in 2013 when community organizations decided they would be stronger working together than separately. Network members meet regularly to learn… Continue Reading →

Manuel Mejia

Dive In With Manuel Mejia

Born in the Philippines and long-time resident of Hawai‘i, Manuel Mejia, our Hawai‘i Regional Program Director, harvests a deep passion for coral reefs and our need to protect them. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with him and dive in to this passion a little more. Q: Where does your passion for the… Continue Reading →

Sun shines through the water on a coral reef in West Maui, Hawaii

New Partnership Between CORAL and Hawaiian Electric Industries

We’re thrilled to be one of four nonprofits included in Hawaiian Electric Industries’s (HEI) ongoing commitment to protecting and preserving Hawai‘i’s natural environment. This new partnership will allow us to address our highest priority needs in our Hawai‘i program over the next year. This includes working with community volunteers to restore Maui’s steep slopes to… Continue Reading →

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