During the year we participate in many outreach events. Come join us for a variety of educational activities, inspiring talks and hands-on fun! Check back periodically for updates.


  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Pilina, Indigenous Literacy, and ʻĀina Momona: Healthy and Thriving Communities of People and Place
    Speaker: Pelika Andrade, founder and Executive Director of Na Maka Onaona, a Hawaiʻi based non-profit, Extension Agent for the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program.
    Thursday, February 16, 2023, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    This presentation will introduce participants to a philosophy and pathway of ʻĀina Momona: thriving and productive communities. On behalf of Nā Maka Onaona and many partnerships, Pelika will introduce two tools that address how relationships and the growing awareness of indigenous literacy can support our engagements and understandings of ourselves, our communities, and the world around us. This is a collective journey to help guide, inform, and advise the decisions and contributions we collectively make to support the ability of our people, places, and akua (natural world) to thrive.
    In celebration of Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, we invite you all to learn how ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is one of many elements embedded in ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) knowledge systems, values, and practices to support ʻŌiwi communities in creating adaptive biocultural resource management across Hawai'i PaeʻĀina (Hawaiian Archipelago) including Papahānaumokuākea.
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  • Reserve Advisory Council Meeting
    Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    Via Google Meet web conference
    For more information, visit here.

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Hawaii's Hidden Gem: Nihoa Island and Its Imperiled Biota
    Speaker: Sheldon Plentovich, Ph. D., USFWS Pacific Islands Coastal Program Coordinator
    Thursday, January 19, 2023, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    Nihoa Island is the tallest and most biologically diverse island within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The 63-ha volcanic remnant is steep and rocky with sheer cliffs reaching heights of almost 1000 feet. Nihoa’s biota is remarkably intact and includes over 40 species (3 plants, 2 songbirds and over 35 arthropods) found nowhere else in the world. At least 16 species of seabirds breed on the island and the vegetation is dominated by plants that are endangered and difficult to find elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands. The island is also home to a variety of fantastical arthropods like the Nihoa trap door spider, Conant’s giant Nihoa Tree Cricket and a terrestrial snail that is the last surviving member of its genus in the Hawaiian Islands. Despite regular trips to the island, very little is known about the natural history of Nihoa’s arthropods and many species remain undiscovered or undescribed by scientists. Although limited in number, invasive plants and invasive arthropods, especially ants pose a significant threat to the island’s biota and support for control and eradication of these species is necessary for the continued existence of Nihoa’s curious and incredibly diverse biota. Join Sheldon Plentovich as she shares her work on Nihoa and what lies ahead for this hidden gem of Hawaiʻi.
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