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Honoring Jacques Cousteau

To honor the life of one of the greatest ocean advocates Jacques Cousteau, friends of the sanctuary gathered around the State of Hawaii to participate in various activities to support marine conservation efforts. Participants included advisory council members, volunteers, staff and other supporters.

Sanctuary staff and volunteers, members of the Kihei Canoe Club and cultural advisor Kimokeo Kapahulehua continued restoration efforts to re-build part of the Ko'ie'ie fishpond wall. After some explanation and a demonstration, participants helped to place "grape fruit" sized rocks onto the wall and worked to fit them into the existing crevices like putting a puzzle together. They also learned abou the fishpond's importance in history to the inhabitants of the area and its educational significance now and in the future to teach the value and importance of marine resources from a Hawaiian perspective. The end of the day concluded with a presentation by Hans Van Tilburg of NOAA's ONMS Maritime Heritage Program about "Shipwrecks of Hawaii".

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Rebuilding parts of the Ko'ie'ie fishpond wall


We proudly present our dive crew: Prepping their scuba gear for the next dive (Makena Landing, Maui) - Hawaiian style of course.

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Sanctuary staff and interns joined forces with staff from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to remove invasive weeds and plant native species in a remnant wetland area at the Paiko Wildlife Sanctuary, in partnership with the Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center and the State of Hawaii's Department of Forestry and Wildlife. Following that activity, sanctuary and monument staff also removed invasive fish from a freshwater spring that feeds Kanewai fishpond located near the wildlife sanctuary. The fishpond is one of the last remaining Hawaiian fishponds along the coast within the sanctuary on the south shore of Oahu.

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Before: Removing invasive pickle weeds


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After: Planting native akulikuli


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Removing invasive fish from a freshwater spring


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The sanctuary Kona office partnered with Jack's Diving Locker to celebrate the life of Jacques Cousteau by watching his film Journey to the End of the World (1976).

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Our youngest Cousteau fan!


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Hawaii Island Cousteau Crew


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