photo: Bertram Weeks III
Today, we see that the fish, coral, and other resources that are central to our livelihoods, culture, health, and island lifestyle are not as healthy and abundant as they once were.
The loss of traditional and customary practices, a growing population, development, unsustainable harvest, climate change, and other threats are putting pressure on our nearshore environment. A recent scientific analysis showed population declines of some of our favorite reef fish by as much as 75%, and the mass bleaching event in 2015 resulted in up to 50% coral mortality on some of our world-famous coral reefs.
Our marine environment is resilient, but needs our kōkua (help) to thrive again with abundance.
I ola nā kai o Hawai‘i
i ka nui i‘a
So the waters of Hawai‘i thrive
What is the Holomua Marine Initiative all about?
The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) launched Holomua Marine Initiative as a way to work with communities to effectively manage our nearshore marine resources around each main Hawaiian island so that our local resources are available and plentiful, today and for future generations. This is a new community-based planning approach to ensure local knowledge is guiding marine resource management planning at every step in the process. The planning process was launched on Maui first as a pilot in October 2022. We will continue our commitment to co-management collaborations with communities statewide in areas where there is expressed interest.
STEP 1: Maui’s local communities talk story with each other
STEP 2: Maui’s Island Navigation Team drafts management priorities and a management plan for their nearshore marine resources
STEP 3: Navigation Team shares their ideas with the community
STEP 4: Navigation Team revises ideas based on community feedback
STEP 5: DAR prepares for statewide public scoping of the Maui Island Navigation Team’s proposal
Management actions proposed in the island management plan will be based on concerns identified by each island’s community members and resource users. They may include fishing regulations, enhanced enforcement, education and outreach efforts, improved signage, coral restoration, and additional monitoring, among others.
Holomua on Your Island
We are working with communities through a locally led planning process, starting with a pilot that was launched on Maui in late 2022. Communities will nominate local ocean users to their island’s Navigation Team, who will work together as a team to review science, island-specific data, and community input to identify priorities to effectively manage the island’s marine resources. Through this process, the Navigation team from each island will develop island-specific management strategies, identifying priority management concerns and solution-oriented actions to ensure the sustainability of nearshore resources.
In October 2022, we hosted three in-person talk story sessions in Wailuku, Lahaina, and Hāna, where local residents shared their ideas on how we can partner with the community to ensure the fish and ocean resources that sustain us can thrive today and for generations to come.
Find out what we heard and how you can join the conversation.
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photo: Bert Weeks
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– Mary Kawena Pukui, ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #142
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