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November 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Pacific Beach Hotel - 3rd floor
2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
$20.00 Lunch and free parking
Linda Collard, Executive Director

bob-ke3rnsBob Kern-Friends of Hanauma Bay

Bob arrived in Hawaii in 1990 as a result of being offered a job working for a concessionaire leading visitors on SNUBA Tours at Hanauma Bay.  At the time, he had no way of knowing that Hanauma Bay would play an ongoing role in his life. 

The job did not work out as hoped and he returned to his former career as a mental health counselor.  On the weekends he continued teaching scuba diving, often doing so at the Bay. Also an avid photographer, he turned his hobby into a business.  Bob spent the final decade of his professional life as a tour guide and retired in 2012.

Bob has been connected to Hanauma Bay in a number of ways.  Responding to the City’s plan to build an education center at the Bay, Bob was invited to participate on the Mayor’s task force that planned the Hanauma Bay Education Center.  As a result of his participation on the committee, he was invited to join the board of directors of the Friends of Hanauma Bay on which he has served two tours and is now Vice President.  In the years between leaving and rejoining the board Bob advocated for improvements at the Bay as an individual.  Along the way Bob served as the representative of the recreational dive community on DLNR’s committee that improved the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District.  He’s been a volunteer with the Hanauma Bay Education Program for almost 20 years and continues to enjoy the Bay for personal recreation. 

Now, with the fast approaching 50th anniversary of its designation as a marine life conservation district, Hanauma Bay has become a model of marine education and conservation and Bob has been honored to be part of its history.