Coral bouncing back in West Hawaii

  • A Hawaiian honu swims over bleached cauliflower coral at Honokohau in 2015. Cauliflower coral was severely bleached along the West Hawaii coast that year. (Image by Lindsey Kramer)
  • A partially bleached cauliflower coral is pictured at Kua Bay in 2017. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — It’s been four years since the worst bleaching event in state history and according to scientists from The Nature Conservancy, coral reefs in West Hawaii are stabilizing and poised to recover.