Earlier this month Dr. Carl Stepath of Kaua‘i Community College took his oceanography class out to sea for an educational trip. Environmental experts accompanied the class that set sail from Kukuiula Harbor to cruise the coastline up to Kipu Kai and snorkel off the Sheraton Po’ipu. Coastline geology experts on board were Jim O’Connell, UH Sea Grant Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist stationed on Kaua‘i; Dr. Thomas Gorgas who filmed and interviewed the entire trip for DVD production, as well as Terry Lilly, California shark biologist representing Save our Seas; and Dr. Steve Taylor, Earth sciences professor at KCC.
Captain Terry Donnelly donated the use of his boat, “Tropic Bird,” one of the Blue Dolphin Charter fleet for the trip. For many Kaua‘i-born students it was a first time aboard a trimaran. Among the students were staff from the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Students raved about how interesting it was to get a different perspective of their island home as well as to discuss it first hand with experts.