Nature and culture in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary - Lake Harding Association

Nature and culture in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Nature and culture in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

By Micah Moen 2 Comments February 10, 2020


[Native Hawaiian chant] E ala e, ka lā i ka hikina I ka moana, ka moana hohonu Pi‘i ka lewa, ka lewa nu‘u I ka hikina, aia ka lā
E ala e! [chant continues] [Kimokeo Kapāhulehua] It’s very significant that science
with Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale Sanctuary plays a big big role with culture and
science partnerships. For preservation, perpetuation, education we can find out the wrongful thing
and make the correct thing. [Sol Kaho‘ohalahala] These are all our sanctuary waters
that surround the island of Lāna‘i so within the sanctuary are many many
storied places that are tied to the culture of the people that are living
here. We must care for this place and the stories must be cared for, the
resources must be cared for, and now we have a responsibility as the
sanctuary to look at these waters. [Bob Leinau] I’ve been in the water here since 1965 a lot and when I first got here,
it was live off the land kind of thing and I’ll throw my spear every day] and I’m watching stuff go downhill and downhill and downhill and at some point in time, you say,
it’s more fun to see a fish than to go kill it. [Hanohano Na‘ehu] This is the one place in the whole galaxy that has become our home
and it seems like we’re just trashing it. For me as a native,
native stories only go so far, and with scientists, they speak the
language that can go around the world. Science can make us smarter, but we believe native intelligence
can make science smarter also. [Native Hawaiian chant performed by Joylynn Paman] Mālie ‘o Maui i ke aheahe makani ‘o Haleakalā, He makani onaona i ke ‘ala līpoa ‘O Ka‘ono‘ulu lā i ka ‘āina ‘o Kula la‘i ē, iē, iē He kai malino, kai ‘olu‘olu, kai māʻokiʻoki lā He kai kapu a Kanaloa [chant continues] [Sol Kaho‘ohalahala] The manner in which we care for our land is going to be the manner in which the ocean is going to reflect that. But if we fail to do that,
then we can be assured that the result of no care of land, and
it will be losing those environments that are important to us culturally as
part of our sustenance and our way of life. [Bob Leinau] There needs to be a way to have
protected areas where people can learn and educate not even so much for today,
as for where we’re going to be 50 years from now. [Hanohano Na‘ehu] That’s the future, yeah,
it’s a collective. It’s not, oh, natives and scientists separate, natives, scientists, and government separate. We all gotta be on the same
team, on the same page. We in this together. We want the same thing. We want to save our planet. We want to take care of our resources. We value nature and
that for me is golden.

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Weston Vaughn

Big up!

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Trap Town

NOAA Sanctuaries

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