Holomua on Maui: October Talk Story

Holomua on Maui

Where we are in the process…

The Holomua Marine Initiative launched the planning process on Maui first as a pilot, and then will continue island by island to ensure that enough resources and effort can be dedicated to the initiative as each island is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This initial pilot on Maui will help the Holomua team identify any strengths or opportunities in the planning process and approach, and allow the process to be adapted and revised as needed.

We are currently in Step 2 of the process, which involves creating the island Navigation Team- a group of community members who represent Maui ocean users and fishers that will be working closely with DAR and the Holomua team to identify management priorities for the island and draft management plans. The Navigation Team will utilize available science, Maui based data, and community input to set management goals and priorities for Maui’s nearshore reefs. Examples of management can include educational efforts, new or updated signage, enhanced outreach, restoration projects, additional monitoring, or the creation of new marine management areas.

What’s Next?

Building Maui’s Navigation Team…

Nominations for members to serve on the Navigation Team are currently closed. Mahalo to all who provided nominations for this important group. All nominees will be contacted by DAR and asked if they are willing and interested in being part of the Maui Navigation Team. They will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to gather more information about who they are, how they fit the qualifications needed and why they’re excited to join in the process. This information will help the team ensure that the Maui Navigation team is diverse and representative of various resource users and Maui moku. From there, the list will be refined and individuals will be selected to fill the Navigation Team with a diverse and representative group of stakeholders from Maui. An independent 3-person selection committee will make the final decision on who will be selected to serve on the Maui Navigation Team. Nominees will be contacted by February 1, 2023 regarding the final selection. Stay tuned for more details on the selection process and the Maui Navigation team.

Maui talk story sessions at a glance

The first step of the Holomua community planning process kicked-off with Talk Story sessions on Maui in October 2022. This process will be rolled out to each island over the next few years.

In late October 2022, DAR hosted three in-person talk story sessions/meetings in Wailuku, Lahaina, and Hāna, where local residents shared their ideas on how we can work together to ensure that our ocean resources that sustain us can thrive today and for generations to come.

195 residents attended the talk story events where the community became familiar with the Holomua initiative, shared Maui stories of current management efforts, and offered an opportunity for DAR to gather the larger community’s input on the future of marine resource management for their island’s nearshore waters.

Posters and handouts from the in-person events

Photos from the events



Feedback and input from Maui fishers and community members at these TalkStory events

The following forms were provided by community members willing to participate in the community talk story session. The forms are being shared without revision (minus the personal phone numbers) in their own handwriting, and each template represents mana‘o from 2-6 Maui community members per form collaborating to provide their thoughts and ideas for a way forward for Maui.

Community members from Maui shared their stories of current management efforts and inspiration for the future

The following notes were hand drawn live during the three unique Maui community story-sharing sessions.