Help document coastal changes

LIHUE — Another round of King Tides have made landfall on Hawaii’s shores, and with it a chance to contribute to scientific study regarding coastline erosion, global warming and sea-level rise.

The elevated water levels provide a glimpse into the future of what shorelines may look like on a more regular basis with rising sea levels, according to researchers with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, Center for Coastal and Climate Science and Resilience’s Hawaii and Pacific Islands King Tides Project.

Wednesday, King Tides peaked at 5:05 a.m. in Hanalei Bay, at 6.06 a.m. in Nawiliwili Harbor, and at 6:13 a.m. in Waimea Bay.

King Tides were again upon the islands Thursday, starting at 5:56 a.m. in Hanalei Bay, followed by Hanamaulu Bay at 7:07 a.m., Nawiliwili Harbor at 6:57 a.m., Port Allen at 6:39 a.m., and at Waimea Bay at 7:04 a.m.

The next time you’re catching the rising waters, researchers at UH Sea Grant College Program, Center for Coastal and Climate Science and Resilience need your photos.

Combined with photos and videos from across the state, the citizen-scientist collected evidence is helping UH researchers put together first-person, place-based accounts of climate-change impacts, and paint a bit of a picture of what to expect of the future.

To get involved, go to and join the Hawaii and Pacific Islands King Tides Data Set. Then download the app on your phone and enter the data, or take the photos using a digital camera and upload them to the dataset on your computer.

  1. RG DeSoto December 9, 2017 11:47 am Reply

    Rising sea levels? I think not such a problem. The alarmist drivel above completely ignores the effects of plate tectonics. Island, indeed continents, rise and fall as the earth’s plates move. Of course the political hacks and their cohorts in the progressive universities will try to scare you with all the rhetoric. It’s all about power and controlling you…nothing seems to work like a good dose of fear.
    RG DeSoto

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