Research Programs in Hawaii

Mana Coastal Plain Shoreline Survey, Kauai

General Statement
In early November 2012 a shoreline survey was initiated to investigate changes in beaches along the Mana Coastal Plain of west Kauai. It is the intention of the core group of this study to continue surveys through 2013, at a minimum, and possibly over the next two to three years in order to gain a more thorough understanding of the dynamics of the beaches present along the coastal plain, especially the segment including the beaches present along the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) and the community of Kekaha. This report is provided as a summary of the project to date.
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Death by Drowning on Kauai: A Synopsis

In recent years the Hawaiian island of Kauai has gained the reputation of a place where you might have a good chance of drowning to death in its beautiful nearshore marine waters, especially if you are an uninformed visitor. To a great extent, that’s true, there are numerous potentially hazardous shoreline localities where one can easily get into trouble. However, knowing that, and knowing that you can arm yourself with adequate knowledge regarding specific localities, such as knowing when to enter the ocean and when to not to enter, you should have no problem experiencing safely the enticing warm tropical nearshore marine waters of the island.
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