Public school education on Kauai does not allow for students to enter the marine environment, and knowledge of our near shore environment is limited.


Reef Guardians Hawaii operates a hands-on field educational program for children during school breaks. This training provides first-hand experience and the growth of community resources through exposure, training and practice. 

See our REEF CAMP for full description.



A new program is in place to monitor our reefs health using AI and surface and aerial drones. RGH was awarded n AI Earth Grant from Microsoft and National Geographic and will be working with FIU and other Universities to create the necessary software to best interpret the images brought back by the latest in smart camera and drone technology. 

Several diseases have been playing a major role in the decline of several native coral species surrounding Kauai as its neighboring islands. Coral Bleaching, Black Band, Montipora and Cyanobacteria are but a few that have reduced the living coral population significantly in a mere three years.

Reef Guardians is working hard to fund research and act as a catalyst bringing together researchers and scientists from NOAA, USGS, DLNR, Universities and more forming a collaborative effort to attack this head on.

Together with our communities’ involvement and local, state and federal agencies we can fund these efforts for research and get results.


Phase one requires RGH to fund a study of healthy corals in same proximity and sometime same species as their dying neighbor corals. Recent studies and data collected revealed this anomaly which requires further study. With positive results we can ascertain what mechanism is in play here and possibly use that information in a coral restoration project.


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