SIGHTINGS keeping up with the korals I went to Hawaii knowing a few things: I should bring a swimsuit and sunscreen. And because I was a recent graduate with a history degree, going to visit an institute for marine biology research might make me feel like a fish out of water. I was already planning to visit Hawaii as part of a three-month post-college trip, when Latitude's Mitch Perkins connected me with his cousin, Zac Forsman. Zac is a postdoctoral researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) who works on coral genetics and is currently trying his hand at coral farming — an untrodden path for humans. Zac was kind enough to invite my friend Olivia and I to try our own hands at underwater farming. We were stoked for the opportunity (and discount accommodations!). Zac's everyday commute involves a short boat ride, since HIMB is located on Moku O Lo'e, or Coconut Island, which is surrounded by coral reef in the middle of Kaneohe Bay (the same bay where this summer's Pacific Cup will finish in July). While staying at HIMB, I took advantage of the opportunity to race in KYC's monthly Sunday
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Hawaii, being the big tropical showoff that it is. Clockwise from bottom: Beer can racing off Diamond Head; a photo of Kaneohe Yacht Club's 'second Sunday' race, sailing past Coconut Island and HIMB; the author gluing coral fragments to cement blocks; the real-life specimen; the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology campus.
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• March, 2018
the sea keeps telling
Malcolm and Eleanor Graham (he nicknamed her 'Mufﬁn') were 43 and 40, respectively, at the time of their disappearance in 1974 from Palmyra Atoll in the mid-Paciﬁc Ocean.
The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.