ALOHA from O'ahu
Hanauma is both a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District (the first of several established in the State of Hawai'i). Reflecting changes in attitude, its name has changed over time from Hanauma Bay Beach Park to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Visitors are required by law to refrain from mistreating marine animals or from touching, walking, or otherwise having contact with coral heads, which appear much like large rocks on the ocean floor (here, mostly seaward of the shallow fringing reef off the beach). It is always recommended to avoid contacting coral or marine rocks as cuts to the skin can result and neglecting such wounds may bring medical problems.
Hanauma Bay was purchased from the Bernice Pauahi Bishop estate by the City and County of Honolulu, and subsequently opened for public use. It was initially a favorite fishing and picnic spot for residents who were willing to travel out to the bay. In the 1930s the road along Hanauma Bay's corner of Oahu was paved and a few other amenities provided that made it easier to visit the beach and reef. After closure during World War II the Bay area reopened and became even more visitor friendly after blasting in the reef for a transoceanic cable provided room for swimming. In 1967 it was set apart by the State division of Fish and Game as a Marine Protected Area, a term used generically to describe any marine area that had some or all of its resources protected. In Hanauma Bay's case everything became protected, from the fish to the reef, to the sand itself. A volunteer group set up a booth at the beach and began teaching visitors about conservation of the reef and fish who lived there. More changes in the 1970s by the City cleared more area in the reef for swimming, made an additional parking lot, and shipped in white sand from the North Shore, leaving Hanauma Bay increasingly more attractive to visitors. By 1990 overuse of the beach and surrounding area was a real problem, with visitors walking on the reef, swarming the surrounding areas, parking on the grass and on the sides of the road. Measures were taken to limit use and so visitor access was limited to the parking lot, and when it was full everyone after was turned away. A few years later in 1998 an admission fee was charged, further reducing the number of visitors. Then in August 2002 the Marine Education Center was opened at the entrance to the bay, where still today new visitors must watch a short film and receive instruction about conservation of the Bay's resources. Upon watching the film, visitors are allowed to sign a form and skip any subsequent film if they should return within the following 365 days. Today Hanauma Bay sees an average of 3000 visitors a day, or around a million visitors a year. The majority are tourists. The Bay is closed to tourists on Tuesdays.
During the summer session, Hanauma Bay is open daily from 6:00a.m. until 7:00p.m. except on Tuesdays. During the winter session, Hanauma Bay is open daily from 6:00a.m. until 6:00p.m. except on Tuesdays.
The current fees at Hanauma Bay are $1.00 per car to park and $7.50 per person to enter. The entrance fee is waived for children under 13 and for residents of Hawai'i with proof of residency. Changes are possible at any time; for the latest information call the recorded information line at (808) 396-4229.
You DO NOT need to enter Hanauma Bay to find the cache.
~~~For the puzzle maybe some Local Fish knowledge can help you out.~~~
Identify the following Fish and count the letters in their Hawaiian name.
Cache is at:
Cache with Alha
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