Suggested Reading List
Hawaii's Humpback Whales
Author: Kaufman, Gregory D. and Forestell, Paul H.
Description: Hawaii's Humpback Whales is an informative and richly illustrated description of the humpback whale and its behavior. This book is unique in providing the opportunity to learn about one species of whale in sufficient degree to recognize its behaviors and displays, and perhaps even interpret the significance of many of them. This fine volue includes a behavior "key" describing activities and the contexts in which they occur; detailed information on where and how to watch for whales; regulations govering human activity in the vicinity of whales; what to do in case of a stranding; and a discussion of the future management and conservation of humpback whale populations.
The Whales of Hawaii
Author: Balcomb, Kenneth C. III and Stanley M. Minasian
Description: Produced by the Marine Mammal Fund, this information-packed, beautifully designed volume provides great insights on Hawaii's whales, spinner dolphins, monk seals and other marine mammals. Includes full-color photography.
Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology
Author: Gulko, David
Description: Filled with color photographs, graphics, diagrams and cartoons, each page will pull you into the process of discovery as you learn more about the vital role coral reefs play.
Sea Turtles: An Ecological Guide
Author: Gulko, David and Eckert, Karen
Description: Explore the amazing world of sea turtles – their natural history, their life cycles, habitats and their struggles against the mounting threats posed by humans. Sea Turtles: An Ecological Guide is a must-have for educators, biologists, conservationists, and divers. Over 200 photographs and illustrations clearly depict every facet of a sea turtle’s life and habitat. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book benefits the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST.) Dr. Gulko is a widely recognized expert in coral reef ecosystems who is now a coral reef ecology manager for the state of Hawaii. Dr. Eckert is a sea turtle ecologist and a professor at Duke University.
Author: Hoover, John P.
Description: First Published in 1996, this new edition of Shore Fishes of Hawaii updates our knowledge of Hawaiian fishes and has been expanded to include 372 species. Because it is necessary to use some scientific terminology when giving the principal diagnostic characteristics of families or species of fishes and what they eat, a handy glossary appears at the back of the book before the Index.
Hawai`i's Sea Creatures: A Guide to Hawai`i's Marine Invertebrates
Author: Hoover, John P.
Description: Hawaii's seas teem with life. Living creatures--swimming, creeping, floating or crawling--have invaded every possible undersea habitat. They have multiplied and diversified into every imaginable shape and form, from 20-foot giant squids to tiny creatures living between sand grains. Ninety percent of these animals are invertebrates-- animals without backbones. Many are beautiful, a few are bizarre, all are fascinating.
This book, a sequel to the John Hoover's best-selling guide Hawai`i's Fishes, leads the reader deeper into the undersea realm with 660 underwater photographs of over 500 species of lobsters, shrimps, crabs, shells, octopus, corals, anemones, urchins, stars, sponges, slugs and a host of other lesser-known creatures. Virtually all the animals encountered by snorkelers, divers and beachgoers in Hawai`i are here. Hoover provides scientific, common and Hawaiian names for each animal, as well as a wealth of information on its natural history, ecology, cultural importance, and even suitability for aquariums.
Islands in a Far Sea: Nature and Man in Hawai`i
Author: Culliney, John L.
Description: Beginning some 1,500 years ago, Hawai‘i was one of the last Edens to be exploited by human beings, and its transformation has been among the most rapid. Seeking to improve life, humans have grossly altered the living nature of the Islands from the coral reefs to the volcanic summits. Since the first arrival of Polynesian canoes, Hawai‘i has been a venue of accelerating extinction and today leads the United States in the rate of permanent loss of native plants and animals.
Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands
Author: Daws, Gavan
Description: Based on years of work in the documentary sources, Shoal of Time emerges as the most readable of all Hawaiian histories.