By Nina Wu
If you're on Maui, don't miss this celebration at Kahekili Beach Park (Airport Beach in Kaanapali) celebrating the four-year anniversary of a protected marine ecosystem on Sunday, July 28.
The Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area (KHMA) is a first-of-its-kind marine managed area in North Kaanapali.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., event hosts the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative (R2R), other non-profits, community members and partners will host a family-friendly event to raise awareness on ocean health and coral reef protection.
The KHMA was designed to enhance the population of surgeonfish, parratfish and sea urchins to reduce excess algae and improve coral health. Surgeonfish and parrotfish are herbivores that eat seawood.
There will be a free barbecue, ridge to reef-themed culinary contest, Hawaii's fist ever seawood eating competition, a reef snorkel tour with ocean experts, water quality sampling, Great Annual Fish Count and Savvy Shopper Relay
In the Savvy Shopper Relay, contestants rush to see who can sort household products based on "reef friendliness" the fastest.