Hawaii’s reefs provide more than $835M in flood protection, study shows

Star-Advertiser (May 4, 2019). Download Article

A new study places a dollar value on Hawaii’s reefs — not for their natural beauty or as a tourist attraction, but for their function in providing flood protection.

Hawaii’s reefs are valued at more than $835 million, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy and the University of California-Santa Cruz. That’s how much they provide in flood protection, more than any other state or territory in the nation.