Tuesday, September 17, 2013
We were so moved watching this sacred traditional Makahiki ceremony on a misty morning in Makua Valley with Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner Paulette Kaanohi Kaleikini and members of Malama Makua for a profile feature about Kaanohi in Honolulu Magazine.
Kaanohi's tattoos symbolize her lineage and her kuleana for protecting iwi kupuna.
Paulette Kaanohiokalani Kaleikini
Taking in the mana
Offerings for the Hawaiian god Lono
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Monday, September 9, 2013
It was fascinating learning about the great work of Hawaii's Marine Mammal Response Network, and photographing Ed Lyman and Kristi West for Honolulu Magazine. Ed Lyman is the Disentanglement Coordinator for NOAA at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei, Maui, and he told us amazing stories about whale disentanglements while showing us the types of debris caught on the animals and the tools they use. HPU Professor Kristi West is the director of the response network's stranding program and performs necropsies on the dolphins and whales who die near shore. We photographed Kristi doing a stomach content analysis of a Pygmy Sperm Whale with her assistants Elyse Kohli and Su White.
Squid beaks found inside a Pygmy Sperm Whale stomach
Dolphin dorsal fin specimen
Ed Lyman demonstrates using a grappling hook with fishing gear removed from a whale
Pygmy Sperm Whale stomach content analysis
Looking for specimens in the freezer
Fishing ropes caught on a whale
Kristi, Su and Elyse demonstrate a necropsy with a plastic dolphin
Pygmy Sperm Whale stomach
Large Whale Disentangler, Ed Lyman, with the fishing gear he's removed from whales, along with the buoys used to slow the whales down and a transponder.
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