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Students lending a hand to clean up Maunalua Bay

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Elizabeth McIntosh Elizabeth McIntosh
Isaiah Yamamoto Isaiah Yamamoto
Kainoa Correa Kainoa Correa

HAWAII KAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dozens of keiki spent their school day at the beach, but it was not all fun and games. About 70 students from Holy Trinity School in Hawaii Kai spent the day outdoors at Maunalua Bay. The kids, with the help of Malama Maunalua and the Nature Conservancy, removed invasive algae.

Marine biologists says the kids play a vital role in giving native marine organisms a real chance at reestablishing themselves in Maunalua Bay.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for the kids to learn hands on. You can read things in a book, you can watch a video we have that all But to be able to be out there where we make that connection that's the most important thing" said teacher Elizabeth McIntosh.

"Cleaning up the bays to help the fish and the native ogo to come back" said student Isaiah Yamamoto.

"This is just a little bit, that were doing and we can do a lot more" said student Kainoa Correa.

And a lot more is needed, the invasive algae was first reported in Maunalua Bay in east Honolulu in 1981 and is now found in high densities over 54 acres of once-thriving coral reef.