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Volunteers needed for ReefTeach and Puako Makai Watch programs

ReefTeach and Puako Makai Watch are seeking volunteers to educate visitors of Waialea Bay, called Beach 69, and Paniau Beach in Puako about reef etiquette. The next orientation for new volunteers is at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at Hokuloa Church located at 1600 Puako Beach Dr.

Volunteers are needed to help save the reefs in the Puako area by educating visitors, swimmers, snorkelers, and divers on protecting the delicate corals at all beaches. Healthy reefs are essential to the vitality and abundance of marine life.

Volunteers set their own schedules. To sign up for the training or for more information, contact Cindi Punihaole at 895-1010 or or Makai Watch Ranger Randy Clarke at 345-1345 or

Businesses and schools may contact Punihaole or Clarke for information on how to Adopt-a-Day for their team at Paniau or Waialea Bay. ReefTeach is a volunteer program of Kahalu’u Bay Education Center and The Kohala Center.