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As an animal and nature advocate, Renata constantly looks for more refined ways to enjoy and preserve. In the past, she has visited dolphins in captivity and has unknowingly eaten fish on the endangered species list. Observing the magnificently free marine life in the warm waters of Hawaii has been a transformational experience for Renata.
Being part of Hawaii Ocean Watch allows Renata to make a difference in the world. We believe that most people have the innate desire to do the right thing, but often simply lack the knowledge to make good decisions. By passing along the concept of HOW people can make informed, deliberate choices to “Do No Harm”, she hopes to inspire others to make everyday conservation part of their daily lives.
Coming from landlocked Austria and Colorado, Renata has formed an unbound love for the ocean and it’s inhabitants. Her enthusiasm and background in Advertising and Product Development has been a true gift for HOW.
PADI Master Scuba Instructor, Professional Underwater Photographer, Private Pilot, Manta Ray Advocate & Educator
Acknowledged as the foremost authority on Manta Ray and human interaction, James has logged more hours underwater with Manta Rays than anyone in the world. He consults with the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel concerning the Manta Rays and lectures at the resort. As a result of his work in broadcast and print media, tens of millions of people have been exposed to the Kona Manta Rays- and educated about the urgent need to protect them.
James prefers to stay out of the limelight, but he has been a dedicated Manta Ray advocate since his first dive in 1991. His passions are pioneering new locations where Manta Rays can be experienced (Airport dive site in 1999) and using his imagery to deliver the “Do No Harm” message.
For over 25 years, James has been the owner of the premier production company providing Manta Ray tour boats with underwater photography. He resides on the Big Island of Hawaii with his wife Martina and enjoys exploring the beautiful underwater world of Hawaii several times a week.
Learn more about his work: www.MantaAdvocatesHawaii.com.