Out to sea: Liquid Robotics uses Wave Gliders to restore the island’s ocean and coastal communities

A Liquid Robotics Wave Glider moves smoothly on the calm ocean at sunset with Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site in the background. (COURTESY PHOTO/JOSHUA MCCULLOUGH)

Liquid Robotics Hawaii Marine Operations team Pono Thronas, Mike Kopra and Chuck Shaver conduct Wave Glider maintenance at their facility in Kawaihae Harbor Wednesday. (LANDRY FULLER/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY)

World Oceans Day outreach is held with Pwo Navigator Chadd Paishon and Makalii/Na Kalai Waa ohana. Liquid Robotics learned the traditional art of creating lashing from Makalii crew. (COURTESY PHOTO/LIQUID ROBOTICS, A BOEING COMPANY)

Two SV3 Wave Gliders were deployed from Kawaihae to Kilauea in June and July to help monitor recent Kilauea volcanic activity. (COURTESY PHOTOs/LIQUID ROBOTICS, A BOEING COMPANY)

KAWAIHAE — In the heart of the Kawaihae Harbor is a homegrown company called Liquid Robotics.