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Hawai‘i -- Kaho‘olawe -- Maui -- Lāna‘i -- Moloka‘i --  O‘ahu -- Kaua‘i -- Ni‘ihau

CRAMP Study Sites on the Main Hawaiian Islands

Primary Research Sites

CRAMP research sites (including all areas of concern designated by the State of Hawai‘i  Division of Aquatic Resources) were selected from throughout the State of Hawai‘i based on information provided by a wide spectrum of managers, scientists and educators. These sites represent a full range of reef habitats subjected to various degrees of anthropogenic influences ranging from severely impacted to relatively pristine sites held in conservation status. Extensive areas of Hawai‘i reefs are presently being mapped using remote sensing images obtained by NOAA. CRAMP investigators are participating in defining and classifying reef habitats in Hawaiian waters and contribute to the ground truth effort.

Note: The hierarchal system employed on this site goes from statewide to island, then to "sector" and to CRAMP site. The use of sector allows us to summarize information from a physiographic section of a coastline, while the actual CRAMP sites are specific locations. For example, O‘ahu contains a sector "Kāne‘ohe Bay" that includes three CRAMP sites.

Did you know?

The Hawai‘i State flag consists of eight horizontal stripes, one representing each of the eight major islands: Ni‘ihau, Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Kaho‘olawe, Maui and Hawai‘i. The same design served as the official flag of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, Republic of Hawai‘i, Territory of Hawai‘i, and now the State of Hawai‘i. The Union Jack of Great Britain was originally included in the design because many of King Kamehameha‘s advisors were British and at that time the islands were under England‘s protection.


Last Update: 05/08/2008

By: Lea Hollingsworth

Hawai‘i  Coral Reef Assessment & Monitoring Program

Hawai‘i  Institute of Marine Biology

P.O. Box 1346

Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744

808-236-7440 phone

808-236-7443 fax