On their final series of dives in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the team collects some specimens for colleagues, and has a surprisingly fruitful shallow dive to wrap things up.
As they head back towards the Main Hawaiian Islands from Midway Atoll, the deep diving team makes some exciting discoveries on the north side of Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
Mid-way through the cruise, the Hi'ialakai docks at Midway Atoll, allowing the ship's crew and science team an opportunity to walk around on dry land.
Moving further towards the Northwest, the team explores deep coral reefs and makes new discoveries at Pearl and Hermes Reef.
Two full days of deep diving off Lisianski Island yields an assortment of interesting discoveries, and lots and lots of sharks!
After transiting for two days from Honolulu to French Frigate Shoals, our team begins the exploratory deep coral-reef dives within the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
I am currently here in the lab working on a project that focuses on the Micronesian archaeological collections at Bishop Museum.
Back on Oahu, the deep dive team takes advantage of the day to complete Shake-Down dives prior to the cruise to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
These cruises always include a "shake-down" dive prior to the full expedition. This year's shake-down dive took place at beautiful Lehua Island off Ni'ihau.