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June 29, 2017

Superintendent Statement from Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Sanctuary enters into formal agreement with Hanalei Watershed Hui

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (sanctuary) has entered into a formal agreement with a north shore Kauai community organization to promote science, education, outreach, and research on Kauai. The sanctuary has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Hanalei Watershed Hui, which solidifies and exemplifies the on-going partnership between the two organizations to develop new and innovative programs for the north shore of Kauai community. The agreement outlines how both parties will collaborate to provide educational opportunities to the community and enhance awareness of the biological, cultural, and economic values of the sanctuary. 

The Hanalei Watershed Hui is guided by Executive Director Makaala Kaaumoana and has a long-standing collaboration with the sanctuary. The Hanalei Watershed Hui implements a community-authored Watershed Action Plan that addresses issues and concerns of the Hanalei Bay watershed and is particularly focused on water quality--an important aspect of the habitat of humpback whales. The organization is working to better understand and improve the sanctuary in Hanalei for whales and for people.

The sanctuary hopes that other communities within and adjacent to the sanctuary will also look to develop similar MOAs and programs for their own community.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was established by Congress in 1992. Its nearshore ocean boundaries on Kauai extend from Mokolea Point in Kilauea to Kailio Point in Haena.  The sanctuary, which is co-managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, was designated to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawaii.

Allen Tom, Acting Superintendent,
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

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