Like that of many indigenous peoples, the Hawaiian worldview is one that acknowledges and seeks to understand the interconnectedness of everything in the natural world. This worldview shaped the mindsets, values, and actions of our kūpuna (ancestors) who were proven stewards of land and sea for hundreds of years. Although the Hawaiʻi of today is a far contrast to the balanced and thriving Hawaiʻi of our ancestors, this worldview is very much alive and is key to restoring ola (life and health) to our systems and all peoples.
Likewise, the protection of important habitats and healthy marine ecosystems is critical for the survival of other relatives and beings. Koholā (humpback whales) are Kanaloa who are significant in form, function and migration. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of the entire North Pacific humpback whale population migrates to the warm and shallow waters of the Hawaiian Islands each winter to mate, calve, and nurse their young.
Join us on December 15th for a live virtual roundtable focusing on Kanaloanuiākea, the great expanse of Kanaloa. Native Hawaiian members of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council discuss the cultural and ecological significance of Kanaloanuiākea, and the need for greater understanding and genuine application of cultural knowledge and values in advocacy, protection, and conservation efforts from mauka to makai – in the uplands and throughout the sea.
Join us as we reimagine collective education, advocacy, and protection of our ocean systems through the lens of Kanaloanuiākea.
JOIN US with NOAA National Marine Sanctuary ON DECEMBER 15 AT 5 PM EST ON FACEBOOK LIVE (alternate stream will be embedded on this page.) and support protecting 30% of our Oceans by 2030.