Ocean stewardship is deeply embedded in Native Hawaiian culture. Humpback whales, or koholā, are an important part of history, legend, and connection to the sea. The cultural and maritime heritage of Hawai‘i plays a role in management decisions and how the sanctuary’s daily activities are carried out.
Native Hawaiian Culture
The rich, living culture of Hawai‘i is at the center of sanctuary work and management.
Maritime and archaeological sites in the sanctuary are a window into the past.
Native Hawaiian Fishpond
A historical fishpond, named Kōʻieʻie, fronts the sanctuary property on Maui and provides a natural classroom for educational efforts.