Resilience: A tribute to the people, coral and science of Honoli'i

When it comes to surfing, many are self-taught while others have had the great fortune of finding teachers. In this series Cliff honors his educators and expresses how the coral may be the greatest teacher of all. There are those in the islands who believe that coral are the ancestors of Hawaiian people. They act as guardians to those who look up to them. As Cliff acknowledges his ancestry and also the threats that they face he uncovers how science has become a powerful tool in understanding the importance of corals in the ecosystem. Combined with traditional knowledge, Cliff is using innovative tools to better protect the corals of Honoli‘i. Cliff uncovers how his backyard may be the secret to reef protection around the world. The coral reef of Hilo are very similar to the people. They are the guardians of both the hawaiian islands and also the culture which exists there. Despite the many threats they face, they remain resilient.

Join Cliff in Ep. 1 as he honors his educators and expresses how the coral may be the greatest teacher of all.

There are those in the islands who believe that coral are the ancestors of Hawaiian people. They act as guardians to those who look up to them. Join Cliff in Ep 2 as he acknowledges his ancestry and also the threats that they face.

“I look at specific chemical and molecular signatures on humans as a forensics tool. That’s where my degree comes in. I essentially look at the reefs like a human. The technology that we’re learning and developing can be applied to other reefs around the world.” - Cliff Kapono

Shot by Ben Ono