CRITTER: Pohaku puna the mound coral that protects against hurricanes

  • Terry Lilley / Contributed

    Pohaku puna can grow upwards at over five inches a year and it is habitat for many marine life species.

  • Terry Lilley / Contributed

    The mound coral has rounded lobe-like structures and they are usually a tan or light purple color.

Pohaku puna is our natural seawall here in Hawai‘i that helps protect our coastline from hurricane damage.