Underwater HAWAII

Welcome to the Underwater world of hawaii. Diving in Hawaii means you are assured of seeing species you have not seen before. This is because Hawaii has a high percentage of species that are endemic, meaning they are found only here. Currently 23% of the fish, 20% of the mollusks, 18% of the algae and about 20% of the corals are considered endemic. 

Corsair Plane, depth 107 feet
by ALOHA DEANCorsair Plane,

What a great wreck! It is the only wreck that was not intentionally sunk as an artificial reef. The Corsair was ditched by its pilot during WWII as it ran out of fuel...The pilot safely got to shore and it is said to be alive and well and living on Molokai. The Corsair sits upright and intact at 107 feet down... The aircraft is in remarkable condition and even has an intact glass face on one of the cockpit gauges. Large eels can be seen under the wings and occasionally in the cockpit. (Check before climbing in or you may get quite the surprise!). Surrounding the plane wreck are thousands of elusive garden eels swaying back and forth. During my dive on Corsair, my housing got fogged and I had to abort the dive...glad to rescue my Ikelite rig and to take enough pictures to put together this extreme panorama.

Waikiki Aquarium Sharks tank
by ALOHA DEANWaikiki Aquarium

Hunters on the reef, Sharks are not the only hunters on coral reefs. Jacks, or "trevally", are among the largest and most common reef predators. Locally, they are known by their Hawaiian names: "ulua" for the adults and "papio" for the young. The white jack, or ulua aukea, is the largest species reaching a length of five feet and weights of over one hundred pounds.

Lanai Lookout, depth 40 feet
by ALOHA DEANLanai Lookout

Okay, this is my favorite dive on the island, but it has the possibility to quickly turn into the worst dive on the island. This is a tough and above average shore dive, with the entry point from a reef ledge, where it is a five foot drop into 35-40 feet. There is a cavern to the right of the entry point, which is 60 feet wide, 20 feet high and cuts 40 feet into the shoreline. Gear in the parking lot, then walk across the highway to a small cut in the mountain that reveals a small man made tunnel which stretches about 75 yards underneath the highway to the ledge that you must drop off. If you have weak legs, bad knees or slippery shoes, maybe this isn't the dive for you. Adrenalin rides... Frequent lobsters, fist-sized humpback cowries, spotted eagle rays, and turtles are frequent visitors of the waters. Moreover, from October to May you may occasionally get views of offshore humpback whales, and you may even hear pips and squeaks of far-off spinner dolphins or groans of far off whales singing.Expect strong surge in this channel and use the rocky bottom like a ladder, leapfrogging when the surge pulls you forward and hanging on while the surge pulls you back.

Hawaiian Monk Seal at Sandy Beach
by ALOHA DEANWaikiki Aquarium

Waikiki Aquarium
Waikiki Aquarium
Waikiki Aquarium
The Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi) in the Family Phocidae, is an endangered marine mammal that is endemic to the warm, clear waters of the Hawaiian Islands. `Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua as it was known to the indigenous people of Hawaii, received its name Monachus schauinslandi because the first skull known to science was brought back from Laysan Island by Dr H. Schauinsland. It gets its common name from its round head covered with short hairs, giving it the appearance of a medieval friar. The name may also reflect the fact that the Hawaiian Monk Seal lives a more solitary existence, in comparison with other seals that in places collect in large colonies. The Hawaiian Monk Seal comes from ancestors that go far back in time and are the most primitive living members of the Family Phocidae, having separated from other true seals perhaps 15 million years ago.

Kahe Power Point, depth 20 feet

Kahe Power Point

My first underwater panoramas created in 2005, Kahe Point Power Plant, Kahe, the westernmost section of the district of ‘Ewa, was acquired by the Campbell Estate in the late 1800s and relinquished to the State in 1960, when the land was condemned for an electric power plant site. The Kahe Point Power Plant went on line in 1963 with the state’s first reheat turbine generator. Still in operation today, the plant has six generators. The reason they call this place Electric Beach is because there is an electric power plant right next to the shoreline. About 200 yards offshore is an underground pipeline that the electric company uses to cool down their systems. After cooling their systems, they let the warm salt water out of this large pipe thus creating a large reef about 20ft. high. On this reef you'll see hundreds of different types of reef fishes, some of which are very rare and expensive in the aquarium trade. There are also a lot of sea turtles that hang out, enjoying the nice warmth of the water, Delphins, Reef Sharks, Rays,...


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