The sun rises over the small boat harbor inside Kane’ohe Bay on a remarkably clear and calm morning on Oahu’s windward coast, setting row boats in stark relief against a canvas of orange and yellow hues. The scene invites us out for an early morning paddle in hopes of catching the day’s lunch. It is a reminder of simpler times and the daily ebb and flow of ocean living.
A remnant of the towering Ko’olau volcanic range to the inland, Kane’ohe Bay is Hawaii’s largest shallow water protected bay at 8 miles long and nearly 3 miles wide. The bay contains a barrier reef, coral reefs throughout, and a lagoon in addition to several small islets.