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Anini Beach 29 July 2017

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Kilauea Bakery first thing, for chai and sweets, before we go to Ana'ina Hou Saturday Market. We hardly needed anything, but this is such an abundant, colorful, human market ...why not?


If we came for the fish, we're disappointed, because the reefs are not in good shape. If we came for the people, then ... look at this! What a lovely place, Hawaii.

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Back to Anini, we walked a mile up the road past the County Park (busy!!!) to the golden sandy beach in from of Chisholms, where previously we've had superb snorkeling. The ills of coral bleaching, acidification, and eutrofication are in ascendant here, too, but Good News: there is actual living coral here!

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But first, an Humuhumunukunukuapua'a posed for me (finally!) Also known as a trigger fish (and Hawaii's State Fish because everyone who can say its name loves to say its name) it's a sharply dressed dude.

One thing I have noticed: the fish that survive are quick to hide. This of course increases the likelihood of fish-butt pictures -- I have thrown away hundreds already. It also means that over-fishing has communicated fear even to the smallest and most inedible.



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There *IS* a fish in this picture -- a flounder. See him (or her)? (Get help by mousing over the picture; be patient, since the hint file takes time to load.)

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<p>Seven fish at one time! And many...

Seven fish at one time! And many of these ingest living coral to survive. This is the healthiest bit of reef we've seen so far ...and it is in deep trouble.

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Here (below) is evidence of living coral, and some of the fish that require living coral to survive. Until today, I have seen a lot of the browsers -- fish that feed on the algae that naturally lives commensally with living coral -- but very few of the fish that bite off bits of coral, spit out the sand, and live on the polyps. There's evidence of bleaching here -- living coral is seldom if ever white, as the polyps contain algae that converts sunlight to nutrition. When the color is gone, the coral is dead ...and is soon a great landing place for other "grassy" algaes loved by the browsers.

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In the afternoon, Lindsey and Chad went to Queen's Bath, two played, one napped ... and one made this blog.

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After a delicious steak, polenta, kale, corn on the cob, and salad dinner, we went for a short sunset walk on "our" beach.

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