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Mahalo to everyone who believed that we could expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. And a huge mahalo to President Obama for making it happen!  Read more here.

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: Greg McFall/NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
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 Chris Kelley/NOAA/HURL

“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: Kaleomanuiwa Wong

The Expand Papahānaumokuākea coalition is asking President Obama to expand the protections for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM). Our coalition supports Senator Schatz’s proposal, which calls to expand PMNM to 582,578 square miles. This would create the world’s largest marine protected area by expanding the PMNM west of 163° West Longitude out to the full 200 nautical miles of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, while preserving access for local fishermen on Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau. To ensure proper care for Native Hawaiian cultural resources in the monument, the President is also being asked to designate the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) as a co-trustee on the management committee.

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