FAQs about Marine Life, Habitats of
Hawai'i & Visiting There!
Related Articles: A
Fishwatcher's Guide to the Marine Aquarium Fishes of
Hawai'i, by Bob Fenner Part 2,
Part 3, Part 4,
Part 5, A
Fishwatcher's Guide to the Marine Invertebrates of
Hawai'i, Part 2,
Part 3, Part 4, by Bob Fenner
Related FAQs: Hawaiian
the Raccoon Butterflyfish
Re: marine crabs,,, Visiting Kona, KBC
Thank you so very much. If you ever come back to Hawaii please let me know I
would love to treat you to lunch or dinner at the very least a beer.
<Ahh! I can see us at the KBC now!>
Again thank you so much for your help.
<I will try to add you as a FB friend as well. Bob Fenner>
Re: marine crabs 1/24/16
KBC it is then! I look forward to it.
<Ahh, so many great times at Matson's place after diving... two IPAs and heaven>
Thank you for trying to add me on face book really I am not a stalker just a
huge fan. Thank you again and have a great day.
<And you Mich. BobF>
Anthony Calfo 8/4/15
I am trying to connect with Anthony Calfo to discuss a potential project in
Hawai'i. Can you provide me with contact information for him?
<Will try bcc'ing him here. Otherwise, do try the link here (on his site):
I sent an email earlier today requesting assistance in contacting Anthony Calfo.
I then learned that this website is Bob Fenner's. I had Mr. Fenner on my list to
contact as well.
I am just beginning a process of bringing two governments together in Hawai'i to
initiate a coral regeneration program. We have a wide range of coral challenges
that include rapid die off of at least two well established coral reefs
off of Kauai', bleaching of coral, and coral destroyed by pollution.
I am attaching a copy of the draft proposal we are working on for presentation
to the governments.
<Nothing attached. Maybe you mean the statements below>
I am looking for people who are active in the field who might serve as
consultants to get this project initiated at a site on the Island of Hawai'i.
The Book of Coral Propagation excerpt on the web is fascinating and informative,
so I thought I would be begin my search with you and Mr. Calfo. Would you be
such a consultant? Can you recommend others?
<Depends on the specialty expertise you're looking for/needed.... have you
spoken w/ Ken Nedimyer?>
I am also working on a budget for the first three years of the project. Perhaps
after reading the proposal, you could assist us in estimating the financial cost
of starting up and operating for three years.
<Mmm; yes; likely so. Send along what doc.s you have and spread sheets for
income/expense; and I'll go over. Bob Fenner>
Mahalo (thank you) for considering these requests.
The Coral Regeneration Project
The proposal is for a joint Kingdom/County of Hawai’i project, open to other
public and private entities to become participants.
The purpose of this project is to address the loss of coral reefs in the
Hawaiian Island. The components of the project would be:
-- A coral census to determine the status of coral reefs around the populated
islands first. The census will document the types of coral present, the
condition of the various types of coral, and any degeneration taking place in
-- An analysis of potential causes of coral degeneration, with a particular
emphasis on which causes are preventable locally (pollution from the land),
which are generic (global warming), and what are likely changes in such causes
in the future (sea level changes).
-- Establishment of a laboratory facility to study which coral are most likely
to adapt or are already adapting to the planetary causes of coral loss. The
facility will also study the relationship between the different coral and the
other ocean life, e.g. food preferences of fish and structural construction of
-- The facility will include propagation facilities to begin growing the most
-- The project will include open water seeding of propagated coral with an
ongoing monitoring to determine growth rate, health, adaptability, etc.
The Kingdom of Hawai’i will provide initial funding of this project, including
funding to bring coral regeneration experts to the Island of Hawai’i to discuss
the project and funding to expand existing facilities as needed to accommodate
The County of Hawai’i will provide space within the existing facilities at
Richardson Beach Park in Hilo for office/laboratory and access to Richardson
Beach Bay for propagation facilities.
The Kingdom and the County will jointly assist in facilitating the project
through hiring of staff and sharing the information developed in the project
throughout all the islands and the rest of the world.
Moving to Maui 4/4/15
I am planning to move to Maui at the end of the summer. I would like to up an
aquarium when I get there.
A house is not a home without an aquarium. I have heard there are many
restrictions on regarding shipping fish, corals
<Umm; no corals allowed period.... for fear of them getting into local
or live rock
from the mainland. I have been told it is illegal to take any coral or live rock
from the ocean.
I have also been told fish can be caught for the aquarium industry if a permit
<This is so. The trade is not restricted by the number of licenses/licensees (a
mistake IMO); but you may find it less "expensive" to simply buy from a
I have not been able to any information an individual capturing fish for a
personal aquarium. Can you clarify what the rules and regulations are regarding
the above questions?
<I'd check, read what the DLNR has posted... >
If not, do you know where I can get clarification?
I have be an aquarist for many years with a love for breeding seahorses and
Any help will be greatly appreciated
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>
c/o Bob Fenner, Kona visit!
I was told that you are out in Hawaii quite a bit by a friend in the
<Ahh, I used to be... w/ the economic times, have defaulted on my
properties there, sold one... and not visited the last few
He told me to check and see if you were going to be on the island
while we are there so I am reaching out to see if you are going to be
around from Feb 3rd thru the 8th. We will be there from the 1st thru
the 9th but we get in about 8 on the 1st and leave around 3 on the
<On which islands? What would you like to see, experience?>
It is a surprise birthday for my wife and she still has no idea as she
thinks we are going dancing for her birthday which is the second. Boy
is she going to be surprised when I tell her that we are going to Kona
for the 9 days.
<Ah, the Big Island. My fave.>
So I am reaching out to you to see if I can spend a few hours with you
and see what you can show me and my wife about the island and the
marine life around there or if you are not there what there is to not
miss out on while we are there. Thank you so much for reading this and
will be there soon.
<My best and first advice: Buy/order (as in on Amazon) "The Big
Island Discovered"... "the blue book" as we call it
locally. This is the very best guide to what can be found on Kona. Are
you both divers, snorkelers, hikers? Have botanical leanings? Where do
you intend to stay... Kailua, Hilo... elsewhere? Bob Fenner>
Re: c/o Bob Fenner 1/16/12
Thanks for the quick reply Bob, Sorry for the hard times as we have all
felt them and I am looking for work right now after a layoff in
We are staying at the Kona Royal Resort
<Ahh! A very nice hotel... right on the beach and main drag in
and I took diving back in '99 in Porto Rico but have not been
back since. She has never and I did find a shop that does the two dive
Discovery Dive so I am planning on taking her out to do that. I think
she will just love it as it is so calming and beautiful under the
<Good... do get in some snorkeling at the easier areas of
coastline... again, all detailed in the blue book>
She likes the beach and my tank but she has not really ventured out
from the city as much as I have in my past travels have allowed me to
being Active Duty for 12 years. We love the outdoors and have a jeep so
we will visit as much of the island as we can.
<Yes... do plan a day trip down to Kilauea (volcano park), another
to The City of Refuge, perhaps a cruise to Captain Cooks... Up to
Waikoloa Village, Parker Ranch, Waimea Canyon...>
I will order the book today and is there any cannot miss eating or
seeing such as the observatory or volcanos, hidden waterfalls or is all
that in the book?
<It all really is>
<Glad to help. BobF>
Hawaii biotype 4/18/11
Hi all I hoped you could tell me weather my fish list is compatible or
My tank is 110gal and will have around 45kl live rock and be lit with
6x 56watt t5s. In order of added first 1x ornate wrasse 1x male flame
wrasse 1x chevron tang 1x flame angel 1x potters leopard wrasse.
<A nice mix... these should all get along. I'd have a good part
of the habitat as something akin to Porites compressa, maybe half the
bottom, and some sand/loose rubble>
Also am I right in thinking there are no lps corals a such in/around
Hawaii as I couldn't see any on the Hawaii faqs thanks
<These are rare. Bob Fenner>
Re: Hawaii biotype 4/18/11
Thanks for the reply. I like the sound of a Porites dominated tank.
I've got a choice of Fiji live rock or Heliopora witch would you
recommend or I could have a mix of the two thanks
<I like the "Acropora" looking rock from Fiji... and a
live or not so Pocilloporid as the fill-in for the P. compressa should
do nicely. BobF>
Re: Hawaii biotype... Centropyge stkg./sel.
Hi after doing research into flame angels it seems not many are
collected from Hawaii.
<This is so nowayears... Much more often from further into the west
As I want a biotype as real to life as I can make it. Would a potters
angel fit in instead of the flame if I take the potters wrasse of the
list and replace with something similar [any ideas ?] thanks
<... Harder to keep and NOT w/ the Macropharyngodon Batesian mimic.
Please learn to/use the search tool, indices on WWM... My pieces on
these two species:
"and the linked files above". B>
Kauai Snorkeling Locations
<Hey Joe, where you goin' w/ that snorkel in your
I hope that all is going well for you!
<Thank you my friend>
Again, thank you so much for all of the guidance, wisdom, publications,
passion, time, etc. that you've given to the hobby. Truly
extra-ordinary for any one individual to accomplish!
<Mmm, not so much. Just dedication, devotion, applied>
I haven't seen much posted on WWM regarding this topic on thought
that I would ask you.
In July of 2011, I'm going to be getting married in Kauai
(currently enjoying the limited days of bachelorhood!) and am, among
other things, trying to find the best snorkel locations around the
island. I've purchased several travel books about the islands and
have talked to many folks who have visited there but no one seems to be
able to tell if there are any reefs that are accessible directly from
<There are: the North shore... Anini Beach, Ke'e Beach Park...
Do please see here:
I've snorkeled in the FL keys several times and have always had to
charter a boat to reach the reefs. I was hoping that there might be
some spots that would be accessible from the beaches. All the people
I've talked to go on and on about the fish but seem to be clueless
as to what an actual reef is.
Unfortunately, SCUBA is not in our budget or schedule (definitely in
the future) but we are planning a SNUBA excursion in addition to daily
Most people have warned that the east shore is the windiest and
possibly the poorest snorkel location. I've also be warned to stay
away from the West shore (not exactly sure why), leaving the South and
Again, thanks so much for professing any advice! I'm sure
you've been in the
neighborhood several times- in fact don't you still own property in
<On Kona, but just barely>
Thanks and have best wishes for a great 2011!