Franko's Lana'i Creatures Guide
Franko's fish cards are stiff, laminated plastic, with a hole for a lanyard. Take it snorkeling or scuba diving with you!
Size of Fish Cards: 6" x 9"
FM-FISHLAN (Laminated $5.00) ISBN 1-931494-24-X
Franko’s Lanai Reef Creatures Guide
Side 1 shows a mini-map of Lanai, with a some of it’s best diving and snorkeling spots. The map is a taken from Franko’s Map of Maui, side 2, which shows all of Maui County. Lanai appears like a green emerald against the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. The ocean has humpback whales, spinner dolphins and Hawaiian monk seals, and thus they are depicted on the blue ocean. Lanai’s main town of Lanai City and it’s roads and trails (dirt roads) can be seen. Lanai is a commonly visited snorkeling destination for tour boats who disembark from Lahaina Harbor. This little map is representative of Lanai’s beauty, both in and out of the water.
Side 2 shows the wonderful reef life of Lanai. Even though Lanai is small, it has such great snorkeling and scuba diving that it must have it’s own quality fish card too. This picture of Lanai’s fish is the result of personal exploration and inspiration, as Franko has snorkeled along Lanai’s coast. The fish card, which measure 6" x 9", is printed on plastic and then laminated so that it is stiff, shiny and waterproof. It has a hole for a lanyard, so you can actually take it diving or snorkeling. I use a thick rubber band from a one-use underwater camera as an effective lanyard for mine. The reef creatures depicted on these cards are taken from my own artwork on Franko’s Maps of the Hawaiian Islands. The fish shown include over 80 species, including a dozen or so that are found nowhere else on earth. The Hawaiian fish shown are selected from about 435 species that exist in Hawaii, and are based on Franko’s personal exploration. The colors and the means of showing them are based on personal observation. The naming of the fish in Hawaiian as well as English is helped by the experts at the Maui Ocean Center, The Pacific Whale Foundation, Hanauma Bay rangers, The Waikiki Aquarium, and local knowledge. My favorite is the Humuhumu Nukunuku Apua’a, Hawaii’s State Fish. I also love to see green sea turtles. Finding a pod of spinner dolphins in the water while you are snorkeling Lanai’s northwest reefs is an especially fantastic and unforgettable experience. You should try it!