Photo Credit: NOAA
Kekuewa – Underwater

“A huge part of Papahānaumokuākea is underwater. When you go there, you have to shift your mindset from one that may be land dominated, to one that is sea dominated. And it changes everything about how you’re experiencing the world.”

Kekuewa Kikiloi
Chair, Native Hawaiian NWHI Cultural Working Group
Photo Credit: NOAA
R Pyle – Many Species

“Many species new to science have already been found outside the current Monument, including the world’s oldest living thing, a deep water black coral, more than 4,000 years old—and we’ve only just scratched the surface.”

Richard L. Pyle, PHD
Associate Zoologist in Ichthyology, Bishop Museum
Photo of black coral courtesy of Christopher Kelley, Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory.

“Expanding the boundaries gives a proper tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of World War II heroes.”

Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge & Battle of Midway National Memorial
U.S. National Archives (photo # 80-G-312018)
Sol – Kupuna

“Papahānaumokuākea is our kupuna place, the place we call home, the birth place of all things.”

Sol Kaho‘ohalahala
Member, Native Hawaiian NWHI Cultural Working Group
Photo credit: NOAA

The Expand Papahānaumokuākea coalition is asking President Obama to expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) from 50 nautical miles to the 200 nautical mile limit of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exclusive economic zone (EEZ) with exception for the waters surrounding the islands of Ni‘ihau and Kaua‘i, as well as two weather buoys used by local fishers. To ensure proper care for important Native Hawaiian cultural resources within PMNM, we are also asking the President to designate the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as a co-trustee on the management committee.

Expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument