NMFS Permit No. 16632-00
Looking off of the bow of the Hi’Ialakai on the morning of our arrival I questioned where Southeast Island was when a colleague pointed it out to me. The tree-less , 34 acre island that rises just 10 to 15 feet above sea level was difficult to spot . No existing infrastructure, camp is a row of six wall tents on the NW side of the island between the high tide and vegetation lines. Looking north into the 143 square mile atoll, we are reminded of both our vulnerability and place in the world by the continual roar of ocean swells violently breaking on the fringing reef just south of us; grateful for the protection it provides.