photo: Bert Weeks III

The Holomua Marine Initiative is a call to action for communities to come together and design an island-based management strategy to ensure healthy reefs and abundant resources for future generations.

photo: Bert Weeks III

How it Began

In 2016, following Governor David Ige’s announcement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress held in Hawai‘i, the state launched the Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative to increase the sustainability of our natural resources and Hawaiʻi’s self-sufficiency. As part of the Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative, the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is building a community engagement process to guide the Holomua Marine Initiative to improve the health and abundance of our nearshore waters for the benefit of the people of Hawaiʻi. Visit the Governor’s Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative web page to learn more.

The 4 Pillars of Holomua

DAR has outlined a path to effective management built on four pillars. We will work in partnership with communities to operationalize these pillars to achieve our shared nearshore management goals.

Place-Based Planning: Identify and develop management strategies for improved marine management in partnership with communities and stakeholders at local to regional scales

Pono Practices: Encourage responsible behavior and practices guided by Hawaiian values and perspectives through education and outreach, rules, strengthened enforcement, and local partnerships

Monitoring: Measure and document current conditions, track progress following implementation and use data to identify areas where management actions need to be adapted

Restoration: Builds on existing strategies to prevent damage to fragile nearshore ecosystems from invasive species, disease, and environmental damage events and expands efforts to restore and enhance impacted areas

How is Holomua funded?

The Holomua Marine Initiative is supported by state, federal, and philanthropic funds. A summary of the funding sources can be found here. A Memorandum of Understanding was implemented to support the Holomua Marine Initiative.

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) manages philanthropic donations that supports the Holomua Marine Initiative and the communities engaged in nearshore marine management efforts. An Advisory Committee—made up of representatives in fields including marine science, conservation, community organizations, fishers, and cultural experts—are charged with identifying funding priorities that are best suited for philanthropic support to reach the goals of the Holomua Marine Initiative.

The request for proposals for grant and contracts, announcements of grant recipients, funding amounts, and the funders to date continue to be updated on the HCF website. Please visit this link for more information: https://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/strengthening/marine-30×30/

Got a question for us? See our FAQ section or contact us directly.

email: [email protected]
phone: 808-587-0100
mailing address: 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330 Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813

ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia.

No task is too big when done together by all.

– Mary Kawena Pukui, ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #142

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