Lack of Awareness

Lack of Awareness

Local Action Strategies

The Living Reef Program is Hawaii’s answer to the lack of public awareness of the significance of coral reefs and impacts to their health. It is a collaborative effort of over forty organizations and government agencies, utilizing all forms of media to present a clear and simple message to the public about the importance of protecting coral reefs.

Lack Of Awareness

“Hawaii’s Living Reef” Program

The Living Reef Program is Hawaii’s answer to the lack of public awareness of the significance of coral reefs and impacts to their health. It is a collaborative effort of over forty organizations and government agencies, utilizing all forms of media to present a clear and simple message to the public about the importance of protecting coral reefs. By encouraging educational programs within schools, as well as in the hospitality industry and businesses around the island, awareness will breed more observant behavior and treatment of reef ecosystems.

While we have no plans to revise this LAS as it is completed, we will continue to sponsor some of the key projects. Many of the initiatives will also be incorporated into International Year of the Reef efforts. 

Messages

  • Island lifestyle is dependent on the coral reef ecosystem. 
  • The islands and reefs are connected – care for these since what we do on land has effects on our coral reefs.
  • Resources are available to learn more about the reefs and the importance to island lifestyles.
  • Individuals can take action.
  • Coral reefs are important in Native Hawaiian culture and their concept of stewardship.
  • The reef is alive! 

Goals

  • To raise public awareness of the importance and interconnectedness of the coral reef ecosystems to Hawaii’s lifestyle. 
  • To teach and encourage positive reef-friendly behaviors

Coral Reef Outreach Network (CRON) Members

Bishop Museum
Community Conservation Network
Coral Reef Alliance
Department of Health – Clean Water Branch Polluted Runoff Control
Division of Aquatic Resources
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
For the Sea Productions
Hanalei Watershed Hui
Hawaii Audubon Society / Pacific Fisheries Coalition
Hawaii Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI)
Hawaii Institute of Maine Biology (HIMB) Community Education Program
Hawaii Wildlife Fund
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Kauai Children’s Discovery Museum
Mālama Kai Foundation
Maui Ocean Center
Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)
NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Regional Office Marine Debris Program
NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Regional Office National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAA Pacific Services Center
The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, NOAA
Oceanic Institute
Pacific Whale Foundation
Polynesian Voyaging Society
Project S.E.A.-Link
Save Our Seas
Sierra Club Bluewater Campaign
The Nature Conservancy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Pacific Islands
University of Hawaii Marine Option Program
University of Hawai‘i Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program West Hawai‘i
University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program Hanauma Bay Education Program
Waikiki Aquarium