Weather hampers whale-counters

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Site leader Carol Everett uses the back of her pickup to gain elevation and a vantage point over the uncontrolled vegetation at Kaiwa Point Saturday during the February Sanctuary Ocean Count.

PO‘IPU — Most of the whales came early, said Carol Everett, sanctuary site leader at Kaiwa Point Saturday, when the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and the Pacific Whale Foundation conducted the second of three coordinated whale counts for 2021.