Hawai‘i Voices

Photo Credit: Brad Wong, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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

Photo Credit: Kaleomanuiwa Wong

“Papahānaumokuākea has one of the highest densities of ocean predators in the world. Up there, sharks thrive like nowhere else.”

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

“With decades of close study, we know marine protected areas are the best mechanism to provide fish for the future. This is one of the best things we can do for food security in the state.”

“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.”

“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.”

“As a representative of the Monument, this is an area that deserves meaningful protection that will ensure the survival of this amazing habitat for generations to come.”

“Protecting the expanded area will allow tuna stocks to rebound, creating more fishing opportunities across the state.”

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