proper reef etiquette. The sign shares important information in a positive way
that offers instructive tips and colorful photographs to educate individuals on
how to protect the coral reef’s ecosystem along with facts on reef inhabitants
and their ecological roles.
The idea to install the sign at Honoiki was brought to Foote’s attention by the
Hanalei Watershed Hui’s (HWH) Executive Director Maka‘ala Ka‘aumoana.
“The Hanalei Watershed Hui is a community based, non-profit organization
that works to restore, protect and support the natural, cultural and sustainable
economic sources of Hanalei,” says Ka‘aumoana of HWH’s environmental
commitment. “The guests and visitors to The St. Regis property will benefit from
knowing more about the reef and the reef will benefit from their understanding
of appropriate etiquette.”
The sign was funded by an anonymous donor and sponsored by CORAL, the
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hanalei Watershed Hui and The St. Regis Princeville
Resort. Foote and Ka‘aumoana acknowledge The St. Regis’ commitment to their
conservation programs with hopes that others will follow the resort’s example of
kuleana (responsibility). “On behalf of all of us at CORAL, I wanted to extend
a massive mahalo to The St. Regis for ‘adopting’ this sign, which is the first for
Kaua‘i and just about the 50th statewide,” Foote says. “It’s wonderful to see the
resort taking on this highly visible example of reef stewardship.”
For additional information on the Reef Etiquette signs, visit www.coral.org/hawaii_reef_signs.
Snorkelers should be aware of rough winter swells that can be extremely
dangerous. Water conditions and currents are unpredictable so caution should
be taken at all times before entering the ocean, during all seasons of the year.
Study conditions and note any warnings or advisory signs posted at beach
locations and practice ocean safety.