The Living Reef

Restoring the health of our coral reefs is essential if we are to create a sustainable future for our islands.

Endemic Life

Today, about 25 percent of Hawaiian corals are found nowhere else in the world. The same is true of roughly a quarter of the 7,000 marine creatures supported by Hawaii’s coral reefs.

This tailored attunement of species to a specific place is called endemism. No other coral reefs of similar size and expanse on the planet have a higher rate of endemism than Hawaii’s.