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Volunteers needed for weekend seal count

Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal spends two days sleeping on the beach near Banzai Pipeline.

An endangered Hawaiian Monk seal spends a day napping on a beach near Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu June 27, 2002 at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. (Photo by Phil Mislinski /Getty Images).

The state is conducting a seal count Saturday, Oct. 17 and need volunteers along the Kona Coast.

Among the areas still needing volunteers are (starting in the north):

* Zone 2: Keawaeli Bay, coast along Upolu Point Rd

* Zone 3: Honoipu Landing, Holoana Bay

* Zone 7: Kiholo Bay (Hike in), Kukio Beach, (near Four Seasons), Kahuqai Bay (in front of Kona Village Resort), Kekaha Kai State Park (Makalawena Beach, Mahai ula Bay – requires a 1.5 mile rugged road drive)

* Zone 8: Wawaloi Beach, Pinetree Beach (need 4×4), Honaunau Harbor Beach (also called Alula Beach), Old Kona Airport State Park

* Zone 9: Ali i Drive (entire coast from King Kamehameha Hotel to Outrigger Resort), White Sands Beach, Kahalu u Beach Park, Keauhou Bay

* Zone 10: Pebble Beach, Kealakekua Bay, Manini Beach, Napo opo o Beach Park, Honaunau Bay and National Historical Park (and surrounding area)

If you can help out, contact  Melissa Netze at netze@hawaii.edu.

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