CRITTER: Unusual marine life living in the Hale‘iwa trench

Courtesy of Terry Lilley

A stocky hawkfish (po‘opa‘a) living in the Haleiwa trench with its bright yellow and gold colors. This fish is usually olive green and white.

Hiding submarines in WW2 from the enemy here in Hawai‘i was not an easy job but the military was successful at doing so right offshore of Ali‘i park in Hale‘iwa O‘ahu. The military dug a huge trench right out of the shallow coral reef parallel to the park about 100 yards offshore. This trench is 90 feet deep and opens up into the boat channel going into the harbor at Hale‘iwa. They used the trench to hide submarines.