Community involvement is key to achieve our shared vision of healthy marine ecosystems with abundant resources. By working with others in your community, you can help inform the design of your island’s marine management strategies by identifying locally-important resources and providing ideas about what kind of management could work well for each area.
Your involvement will help determine the future use of Hawai‘i’s nearshore waters and its resources.
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, Lāhainā, 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. In February 2023, the Maui Island Navigation Team was formed and is now setting sail towards a management proposal through a series of meetings. When the proposal is developed, it will be shared with the broader Maui community where feedback and input will be gathered. Stay tuned!
Find out what more about the Maui pilot process and what we heard during the Maui talk story sessions
ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia.
No task is too big when done together by all.
– Mary Kawena Pukui, ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #142
Learn more about
Holomua Marine Initiative
- Learn about MMAs in Hawai‘i
- Explore the science behind place-based management
- Learn about the ecological and social-cultural design principles that will guide the development of each island’s MMA network
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