This interactive Virtual Tour shows the prevalence of coral diseases and other afflictions from 2009-2012 at Waiʻopae. Research by Dr. Misaki Takabayashiʻs Lab, UH-Hilo. For more information contact Visit: to find out more about Dr. Takabayashi.

This project was funded by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Hawaii Sea Grant College Program Project 42.R/HE-4 under Institutional Grant No. NAoOAR4170060, and by National Science Foundation Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology Grant No. 0833211 for the Center in Tropical Ecology and Evolution in Marine and Terrestrial Environments.


Created by the Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Lab.

Long-term monitoring of coral health at Wai'opae, Hawai'i Island


Aloha and welcome to the interactive Waiopae long-term monitoring website. This site has been created to provide a virtual tour of this unique ecosystem. Our research team has been monitoring the health of six coral species (Montipora capitata, Montipora flabellata, Montipora patula, Pavona varians, Pocillopora meandrina, and Porites lobata) throughtout this site for several years. Using this website you can virtually explore the tide pools as well as examine the health of each monitored colony.