THE WAHI KŪPUNA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
NATIVE HAWAIIAN LEADERS AND THE PAPAHĀNAUMOKUĀKEA MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT
In 2017, Huliauapaʻa was awarded the NOAA Preserve America Initiative Funding (PAIIF) grant to lead a series of ethnographic interviews to document the formative history of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM). Our focus was gathering the moʻolelo and manaʻo of Native Hawaiian leaders who are responsible for the movement that resulted in effective advocacy and protection for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) from 2000 to present. These community leaders forged successful partnerships which led to the integration of Native Hawaiian cultural values and concepts into the Monument management. While focused on documeting the history of the monument, this project also helped gain insight into indigenous principles, philosophies, and unique epistemologies deeply embedded in native worldview and the relationship between people and place.
ARTICLES AND VIDEOS
The Hawaiian proverb, "E lawe i ke a‘o a mālama, a e ‘oi mau ka na‘auao" reminds us of the importance of applied learning and sharing our knowledge and experience with the broader community. Click below to find several articles and a video highlighting the efforts of Huliauapa‘a as well as our partners.