Kayak Exploration- Climate Change & Reefs

HON 123-101
  • Kayak to Chinaman’s hat
  • Snorkel with reef fish and green sea turtles
  • Learn about how warming ocean temperatures are affecting coral reefs
Program Overview
Country: Hawaii, United States
Depart: 01/12/2017 1200
Return: 01/12/2017 1800
Duration: Full-Day
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min. 12 / Max 28
Program Fee
$146 (early booking: $138)

Field Work Conflicts
  • NR 120A Environmental Conservation
  • ECON/AREC 240 Issues in Environmental Economics
  • PHIL 345 500 Environmental Ethics
  • POLS 437 International Security
  • E 339 Literature of the Earth
  • E 333 500 Critical Studies of Popular Texts
  • NR 150 Oceanography (Section 1)

Your learning adventure begins at Kualoa Ranch with an easy 15-minute hike to Hakipuu Overlook for a panoramic vista of Kaneohe Bay.  Upon your return to the beachfront, you’ll be outfitted with a single or tandem kayak with paddles, life jacket, dry bag and instruction.  Just a quick 20 minute paddle and you’ll be close to Chinaman’s Hat (Mokolii Island) where we stop for a snorkel with reef fish and green sea turtles.  Here, you’ll learn about Kualoa’s history and Oahu’s fragile reef and under water eco-system. You’ll explore how small islands like Oahu are considered among the most vulnerable to climate change as you discuss topics such as sea-level rise, coastal erosion, coral reef bleaching, ocean acidification, and contamination of freshwater resources by salt water. Hungry to learn more now? Check out these resources:

A final 30-45 minute paddle return to the starting point where you’ll rinse off with fresh water showers before returning to Waikiki.

Meals Included

  • Deli style lunch

Special Note

Not recommended for children under the age of 10. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Total activity: 30-minutes of casual hiking, 2-hours of paddling, and 15 minutes of snorkeling (visibility permitting). (Subject to change.)