Project

Changing Hawaiian Seascapes and Their Management Implications

Project Summary

Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Noelani Puniwai (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)

Hawaiian shorelines and near-shore waters have long been used for cultural activities, food gathering and fishing, and recreation. As seascapes are physically altered by changing climate, the ways in which people experience these environments will likely change as well. Local perspectives of how seascapes are changing over time can help managers better understand and manage these areas for both natural persistence and human use.

For this project, researchers conducted interviews and surveys of surfers and other ocean users to gather observations and perceptions of change over time at Hilo Bay, Hawaiʻi. They combined these results with historical data on public beach use and biophysical data from monitoring buoys and weather stations located in and around Hilo Bay. Findings reveal patterns in the conditions that ocean users consider “desirable,” but also point to the fact that people have very individual experiences of seascapes. Ocean users’ perspectives of change are not only based on physical alterations to the environment but also on social factors. Thus, their insight can complement traditional biological monitoring by providing information about how climate change is directly experienced.

Honoli'i Beach, Hawai'i Island - Credit: Noelani Puniwai

Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Noelani Puniwai (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)

Start Date: August 2014

End Date: August 2016

Project Status: Completed

Tags: CSC, Pacific Islands CSC, 2014, Coastal Communities, Resiliency, Culture, Water and Ice, Sea-Level Rise and Coasts

Fiscal Year: FY 2014 Projects

Publications & Other

  • Final Project Report for "Hawaiian Seascapes and Their Management Implications"

    • PICSC Final Report Puniwai Hamakua_Seascapes 2016 11 30.pdf (Download)
      • Mapping Ocean Currents Through Human Observations: Insights from Hilo Bay, Hawai'i

          • Project Snapshot: "Hawaiian Seascapes and Their Management Implications"

            • PICSCResearchFeature_Puniwai_HiloSeascapes.pdf (Download)
            • Recreational Seascapes: Integrating Human and Mechanical Observations on Hawaiʻi Island

              • Salt Pond Locations on Hawai‘i Island - PIPES Intern Report

                • Puniwai HawaiianSeascapes -- PIPES Quinn_Paakai.pdf (Download)
                • Understanding Seascapes Through the Eyes of Honoli‘i Surfers - PIPES Intern Report

                  • Puniwai HawaiianSeascapes -- PIPES SKung_surf.pdf (Download)
                  • Understanding the Pūnāwai of Keaukaha, HI - PIPES Intern Report

                    • Puniwai HawaiianSeascapes -- PIPES Kauahi_Punawai.pdf (Download)

                    Data

                    • Nearshore Ocean Currents - Hilo, Hawai'i