VIDEO: Presentation by environmentalist Rae Chandler-‘Īao at Water Quality Workshop held at UH Hilo

The executive director of Waiwai Ola Waterkeepers Hawaiian Islands, an environmental non-profit organization, gave a presentation about efforts to protect the the waters of Hawai‘i. Waterkeepers is partnering with UH Hilo to deploy cages of native oysters in nearshore waters.

The executive director of Waiwai Ola Waterkeepers Hawaiian Islands, an environmental non-profit organization, gave a presentation Saturday at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo about the group’s efforts “to protect the ability of present and future generations to swim, fish, drink, and otherwise use and enjoy the waters that support the people and culture of Hawai‘i.” Rhiannon “Rae” Tereari‘i Chandler-‘Īao delivered her talk during a two-day Water Quality Workshop held on campus.

Waterkeepers has been working in partnership with the UH Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center and the Waikiki Aquarium to deploy cages of native oysters in nearshore waters.

The two-day Water Quality Workshop focused on water quality issues on Hawai‘i Island. The event was organized by Terri Napeahi of Keaukaha Action Network. Admission was free. Speakers included county Department of Environmental Management Director Bill Kucharski, UH Hilo Professor of Marine Science Tracy Wiegner, and Maui District Health Officer Lorrin Pang.

In addition to Waiwai Ola Waterkeepers, presenters included Coral Reef Alliance, Roth Ecological Design International, and the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, among others.

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