Thursday October 21,
A History of Protection and Recognition
‘Aulani Wilhelm, Monument Superintendent, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
With the stroke of a pen on December 4, 2000, President Bill Clinton created the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. This action was arguably the boldest and most pivotal action ever taken to protect the ocean within U.S. jurisdiction and ushered in a decade of further protections and global recognition for the vast, pristine marine ecosystems of the NW Hawaiian Islands. This continued in 2006 when President George W. Bush created the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, the largest conservation area in the U.S. Then In July 2010, Papahānaumokuākea was designated as the first mixed World Heritage site in the U.S. in recognition of its universal and outstanding cultural and natural features. Monument Superintendent 'Aulani Wilhelm explains how that one action 10 years ago changed the face of ocean protection forever.
As always, these events begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening in the theatre at the Hanauma Bay Education Center. Events are free and open to the public, with no charge for parking after 5:30 p.m. We hope to see you on Thursday evening! These programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.
For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, navigate to the “Calendar of Events” located at www.hanaumabayeducation.org.
Shawn Carrier, Outreach Education Specialist
UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program