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Take a cool dip into tonight's music. Inspired by the intense, lingering heat of this summer, tonight's episode of Bridging The Gap features songs about water. Whether it be rain, ocean, river, or tears, each song is written about or mentions water in some form. 

DJ Mermaid still subbing in for dj mr. nick who will be back next week.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016

 

Among those intently watching the storm are scientists preparing for a research expedition out to the Northwest Hawaiian islands. Biologist Chris Kelley is planning to leave this week to begin charting a seamount in Papahanaumokuakea.

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Predatory sponges and giant sea cucumbers were just a few of the discoveries made by University of Hawaii researchers on a recent deep sea survey. The purpose of the mission was to characterize the remarkable organisms of this region to understand how these econosystem might change following deep-sea mining.  

Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr

Oxybenzone may soon become a thing of the past. Yesterday, Hawaiʻi lawmakers approved a state-wide ban on the sale of sunscreen containing the chemical. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Flickr / Yasuhiro Chatani
Flickr / Yasuhiro Chatani

Most projections of the impact of climate change and sea level rise focus on flooding and agriculture, but a new report from the UN suggests major changes in fisheries as well…we have more from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

Why A Kona Community Stepped Up To Save This Shoreline

Dec 29, 2016
Christina Lizzi
Christina Lizzi

This past July, Governor David Ige signed a new law that creates a 10-year marine reserve across a three and a half mile stretch of coastline in North Kona. That came as a huge relief to the community leaders and residents in the area who have been fighting to protect the shoreline and its resources for decades.

Preserving Kaʻūpūlehu: A Community Effort

Dec 28, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Like so many coastal areas in Hawai‘i, the once plentiful waters off North Kona have seen a decline in marine life over several decades.  As the state wrestles with how to manage these natural resources, some communities are stepping forward with a plan of their own.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

  We’ll explore what happens when groundwater enters the coastal reef ecosystem. We’ll learn about the effects of land-based pollutants, such as fertilizers and chemicals in wastewater, as they find their way to the ocean.

Bytemarks Café: Tech & The Ocean

Dec 6, 2016
Pexels
Pexels

  We’ll learn about a new partnership between the Polynesian Voyaging Society and an international robotics organization. We’ll explore how this partnership raises awareness of the maritime environment and how technology can be used to care for and better understand the ocean.

NOAA: No Need To Panic, The Whales Are Still Coming

Jan 6, 2016
Flickr / Bellevue Fine Art Repro
Flickr / Bellevue Fine Art Repro

It seems humpback whales aren’t in any rush to get to the islands. Each winter, more than 10,000 migrate from Alaska to Hawaii’s warmer waters to mate, birth and care for their young. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the whales are behind schedule.

A couple weeks ago, Ed Lyman got a call about a separated whale calf off Lahaina, Maui. He’s a response coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. “We responded, motoring to an offshore of Lahaina,” recalled Lyman. “We saw not a single whale the whole run, and then nothing on the way back.”

Five Teams Compete For $2M Science Prize in Hawaii

May 13, 2015
Flickr / janhatesmarcia
Flickr / janhatesmarcia

Only five teams remain in the running to win up to $2 million to help save the world’s oceans. The finalists are building technology that aims to effectively measure the changing climate under the sea. The teams are currently in Hawai‘i and are set to embark on a 6-day trip off the coast of Oahu to test their innovations at deep sea levels. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Scientists from the University of Hawaii have discovered working communities of bacteria inside a drop of seawater.

Dan Dennison / DLNR
Dan Dennison / DLNR

Scientists and state officials are continuing to monitor a coral disease that’s quickly spreading across the north shores of Kauai. Large areas of reef are covered with a type of cyanobacteria, and as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the state is hoping to curb the disease by launching a new campaign. 

DLNR's Reef Response website can be found here.

Kehau Springer
Kehau Springer

A team of ten scientists and conservationists returned home after spending two weeks studying opihi populations on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with the lead researcher and has this report.

Flickr / morphing puppy
Flickr / morphing puppy

People all over the state take advantage of our good weather aned natural resources to get out in the great outdoors on weekends. HPR's Hawaii Island reporter, Sherry Bracken, tells us one Kona girl's plan for her weekend is ambitious.

From Ocean to Plate: Diving with Kimi Werner

Jul 22, 2013
John Johnson
John Johnson

Kimi Werner has been in the water all her life. Five years ago she won the Women’s title at the 2008 U.S. National Spearfishing Championship. She’s since moved away from fishing as a sport and now sees it more as a lifestyle. HPR’s Molly Solomon met her for a dive and has this report.