Aloha He’eia Reserve
Photo courtesy of NOAA.
The Reserve also preserves traditional agricultural and heritage lands vital to the social and economic fabric of Oahu. The surrounding Kaneohe Bay plays an important role in Hawaii’s tourism and recreation sector, which annually yields $6.5 billion in gross domestic product and employs 101,000 people who earn a combined $3 billion in wages.
This reserve is the twenty-ninth in NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, which protects over 1.4 million acres and hosts 500,000+ annual visitors, providing education and community involvement to foster safe and healthy coastal communities, economies, and ecosystems.