Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
USGS Pacific Coral Reefs Website
The South Molokaʻi reef tract near Kamalō Harbor forms a complex pattern of channels, blue holes, and shallow reef flat. Kamalō also lies offshore from the most mountainous part of Molokaʻi, which receives the highest annual precipitation. The living reef in this video is close to shore in very shallow water and generally very healthy, however high sediment loads from streams or construction activities are a nearby threat. Broken and dead colonies of coral attest to the impact of large waves, which occasionally wash across the reef flat to this shallow area.