Events

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.


January

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    How are we doing? 10 Years of Status and Trends of Resources in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Thursday, January 21, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Jonathan Martinez, Ph.D. Marine Scientist for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument recently conducted an assessment of 10 years of status and trends of living resources, habitats, ocean conditions, maritime and cultural archaeological resources, and the human activities and natural events that affect them. The findings are detailed in the 2020 State of the Monument Report on the status and trends of monument resources from 2008-2019. The report supports ongoing adaptive management of the monument by helping to identify not only the status of resources, but also gaps in current monitoring efforts. Jonathan Martinez, Ph.D, the lead editor and author of several sections, will present findings from the report across all resource areas with an emphasis on assessments for coral reef ecosystems during this talk. Jon is originally from Santa Fe, NM and completed a BS in Zoology and PhD in Botany at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His dissertation research involved physical disturbance to coral reef habitat quality and quantifying the physiological stress to coral using molecular biomarkers. Jon now works as part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument science team and focuses on applied research for management and serves in dual research and policy roles. You can read the full report here.
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February

  • Hanauma Bay Reserve Webinar Series
    February, every Thursday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Hanauma Bay Education Program partners with organizations across Hawaiʻi to showcase educational talks with leading researchers, environmental leaders, natural resource managers, and cultural practitioners.
    For the month of February, in celebration of Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi - Hawaiian Language Month, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries - Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument will co-host the weekly webinar series in partnership with Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. All talks will highlight the importance of historical Hawaiian language literature and the innovative applications of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi to mālama natural and cultural resources of Papahānaumokuākea and Hawaiʻi nei.

    February 4, 2021: Ola ka Inoa - Examining the Legacies of Inoa ʻĀina for Papahānaumokuākea
    Speakers:
    • Kekuewa Kikiloi, Director, Kamakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Nohopapa Hawaiʻi; Huliauapaʻa
    • Kepoʻo Keliʻipaʻakaua, Nohopapa Hawaiʻi; Huliauapaʻa
    • Kama Kaʿaikaula, Nohopapa Hawaiʻi; Huliauapaʻa
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    February 11, 2021: Nunulu i ka lani - Profound reverberations for Hawaiian naming processes in Papahānaumokuākea
    Speakers:
    • Hōkūokahalelani Pihana, Papahānaumokuākea Native Hawaiian Cultural Working Group
    • Hōkū Cody, Papahānaumokuākea Native Hawaiian Cultural Working Group
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    February 18, 2021: Nānā i ke kumu - Exploring cultural dimensions of marine species in the Hawaiian Archipelago
    Speakers:
    • Sheldon Rosa, NOAA Education Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions Scholar 2019
    • Arielle Blacklow, NOAA Hollings Scholar 2019
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    February 25, 2021: Ola ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi - Revitalizing and normalizing Hawaiian language through collaborative development of education and outreach resources for Papahānaumokuākea
    Speakers:
    • Kamalani Johnson, Hawaiian Language Curriculum Specialist, Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
    • Kalani Quiocho, Native Hawaiian Program Specialist, PMNM
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    For more information, visit here.

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Understanding Marine Biodiversity in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Thursday, February 18, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Randy Kosaki, Ph.D. Research Coordinator for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    The recent State of the Monument report assessed the status of marine biodiversity in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) as “good”. The waters of PMNM are home to an abundant array of corals, algae, invertebrates, and fishes. Levels of endemism are known to increase with latitude, and shallow coral reef fish assemblages at the northern end of PMNM are composed of over 60% endemic species (compared with ~25% in the main Hawaiian islands). 57 species of stony corals have been recorded from the shallow reefs. 372 species of macroalgae and two seagrasses have been recorded from the Monument. Recently, dozens of undescribed species of algae have been collected from mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs, or deep coral reefs between 50 and 100+ m) of the Monument. 338 species of fishes have been recorded from the NWHI including several new species from mesophotic depths. Fish assemblages of MCEs at the northern end of the archipelago are characterized by extraordinarily high levels of endemism, with 100% endemism documented at 90-100 m at Hōlanikū (Kure Atoll). The invertebrate fauna of PMNM is understudied. Over 600 species of macroinvertebrates have been recorded from Lalo (French Frigate Shoals) alone, with more than 250 species reported as new records. At this time, we do not possess sufficient data on marine biodiversity to identify a temporal trend. Recent threats to biodiversity in the Monument have included severe damage to coral reefs at French Frigate Shoals by Hurricane Walaka in 2018, and a major bloom of a nuisance species of red algae at Manawai (Pearl and Hermes Atoll).
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March

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Aliens in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument; Some are Green, but None are Friendly
    Thursday, March 18, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Brian Hauk, JIMAR Resource Protection Manager for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) is a marine protected area encompassing over 1.5 million km2 surrounding the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). Over 400 species of marine non-indigenous/alien species are recorded in the Hawaiian Archipelago, but only 10-15% are known to be established in the PMNM. PMNM has a permitting system in place in order to manage this pristine environment and limit alien species introductions. The PMNM marine alien species inventory project was created to combine alien alga, invertebrate and fish inventory records with recent surveys to produce a checklist of documented findings. The complex taxonomic nature of invertebrate fauna makes positive identification difficult and further taxonomic resolution may be possible from cataloged museum specimens resulting from previous surveys. Researchers have identified some species found in PMNM as cryptogenic species, meaning they may be either a native species or an introduced species, with clear evidence for either origin being absent. The 2020 State of the Monument report found that there are potentially 61 non-indigenous species in PMNM. Of those species, 39 are established, 21 cryptogenic, and 1 which may be present but is not established. There are 2 cryptogenic species of red algae, 3 species of fish and 56 species of marine invertebrates. One of the cryptogenic red algal species has just been described as a new species, Chondria tumulosa. This species has recently been found to exhibit invasive-like growth characteristics at Manawai (Pearl and Hermes Atoll) as managers and researchers strive to identify biocontrol efforts and best management practices (BMPs) to prevent further spread. Managers plan to revisit the Monument in the Summer of 2021, so further updates are pending.
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  • Reserve Advisory Council Meeting
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Via GoToWebinar web conference
    For more information, visit here.

  • Talk Story on the 2021 Marine Debris Removal Mission to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Speakers:
    Kevin O'Brien, President/Founder PMDP
    Drew McWhirter, HPU Center for Marine Debris Research
    Kalani Quiocho, Native Hawaiian Program Specialist, NOAA PMNM
    Watch on YouTube Live

April

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Hawaiian monk seal population update: signs of a fragile recovery
    Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Thea Johanos, Supervisory Marine Biologist for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Program
    The endangered Hawaiian monk seal population is estimated at 1,400 seals, with the majority of the population (1,100) residing within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Juvenile seal survival is critical to monk seal recovery and has declined in most areas. This presentation focuses on recent impacts to the second largest monk seal population at Lalo (French Frigate Shoals) after the loss of two important pupping islets in 2018. Multiple interventions are conducted each year to increase survival, including disentangling seals caught in marine debris, rescuing seals entrapped in crumbling infrastructure, and translocating pups from areas of high shark predation to safer areas. Join Thea Johanos as she discusses these and other contributions to recovery at both the individual seal and population levels as she prepares for the 2021 field season.
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May

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Monitoring and Managing Seabirds in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific: Past, Present & Future
    Thursday, May 20, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Jared Underwood, USFWS Superintendent for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Millions of seabirds use the remote atolls and islands that are found around Hawaiʻi and the Central Pacific Ocean. Marine National Monuments and National Wildlife Refuges in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific have long been recognized as important breeding and roosting grounds for a number of seabird species. Often these places are the only potential nesting habitat for hundreds or thousands of miles. Join Jared Underwood as he describes past, current, and future monitoring efforts for seabirds across these important locations.
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  • Manu o Kū Festival
    Saturday, May 8 to Friday, May 14, 2021
    For more information, visit here.

June

  • Battle of Midway 79th Anniversary Virtual Commemoration
    Friday, June 4 to Monday, June 7, 2021
    Pacific Islands: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Facebook

  • Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) “Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion”
    Tuesday, June 8 to Thursday, June 10, 2021
    Capitol Hill Ocean Week, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, gathers people together to dialogue on how to sustain the health of our ocean and Great Lakes. This year, the conference will focus on building a more racially equitable and just movement for ocean conservation. CHOW is open to the public and free to attendees.
    Details here

  • CHOW Ocean Awards Gala featuring Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Thursday, June 10, 2021, 1:00 pm
    The Gala will honor the dedicated individuals who campaigned to protect the Northwest Hawaiian Islands and establish Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Attend, watch, and engage with the gala this year through virtual tastings and online game shows, or attend a home party hosted by one of our ambassadors.
    Details here

  • World Ocean Day Celebration
    Sunday, June 13, 2021, 4:00 pm to 6:00pm
    Join us for our free annual World Ocean Day celebration featuring music, short presentations, activities, and a tribute to the 15th anniversary of Papahānaumokuākea. As with last year, this event will be held virtually and will be a family fun event.
    Watch here

  • Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument's 15 year Anniversary Celebration
    Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Special Speaker Event in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Papahānaumokuākea
    Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
    National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala and Dr. Alan Friedlander, Chief Scientist, Pristine Seas, National Geographic Society, will give a talk on Fifteen Years of Evolving Large Scale Marine Protections and the 15 Year Anniversary of Papahanaumokuakea MNM.
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  • Mai Ka Pō Mai Webinar
    Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 12:00 pm
    Learn how Hawaiian culture is being integrated into the management of Papahānaumokuākea. Read more about Mai Ka Pō Mai.
    The public is invited to tune in via Zoom at www.oha.org/webinar or via the OHA Facebook page.

  • Reserve Advisory Council Meeting
    Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Via GoToWebinar web conference
    For more information, visit here.

July

  • Premiere of “Voices of Papahānaumokuākea”
    Saturday, July 10, 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:00pm
    Premiere on KGMB. Also watch on KHNL on July 11 at 3 p.m. and on K5 on July 12 at 7 p.m. Watch a new documentary film Voices of Papahānaumokuākea sharing the perspectives of eight Native Hawaiians involved in establishing protections for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Status and Trends of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles: Assessing Their Resilience to Climate Change
    Thursday, July 15, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Marylou Staman, Marine Science Coordinator for NOAA's Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program
    The current status of many of these management efforts can be found in the State of the Monument report.
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  • Blue Beacon Event: Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Papahānaumokuākea
    Thursday, July 15, 2021, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Join us on Facebook as we celebrate Papahānaumokuākea’s anniversary with an exciting international panel conversation about marine protection and collaborative conservation!

  • Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference
    Tuesday, July 27 to Thursday, July 29, 2021
    For more information, visit here.

August

  • 2021 Get Into Your Sanctuary and Monuments Day Seabird Extravaganza
    Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    In celebration of the 2021 Get Into Your Sanctuary and Monuments Day, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, invite you to a special seabird event. Author, artist, and conservationist Caren Lobel-Fried will read her wonderful book “A Perfect Day for an Albatross” and then share about her recent trip to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, the largest albatross colony in the world. NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' educators Jenny Stock and Andy Collins will talk about the seabirds found in Cordell Bank, California and Papahānaumokuākea in Hawaiʻi, and highlight some of these amazing seabirds that fly thousands of miles between the two sites. Finally, we will share some educational resources for teaching about albatross and how you can help these unique ocean wanderers.
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  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    The World Does Not Stand Still - Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change in Papahānaumokuākea
    Thursday, August 19, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Dr. Dan Polhemus, USFWS Aquatic Ecosystems and Environmental Contaminants Program Manager
    The current status of many of these management efforts can be found in the State of the Monument report.
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September

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Status and Trends of Terrestrial Birds in Papahānaumokuākea
    Thursday, September 16, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Dr. Sheldon Plentovich, USFWS Pacific Islands Coastal Program Coordinator
    The current status of many of these management efforts can be found in the State of the Monument report.
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  • Blue Beacon Event: Embracing Collaborative Conservation in Future Sanctuaries
    Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Join us on Facebook as we learn directly from indigenous leaders engaged in collaborative management at existing or proposed national marine sanctuaries.

  • Reserve Advisory Council Meeting
    Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    For more information, visit here.

October

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Diving into the barf! New insights into ʻAoʻū (Christmas Shearwater) foraging ecology from Hōlanikū
    Thursday, October 21, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Ilana Nimz, Ecologist at Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge
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November

  • Ho‘i Koholā - “Return of the Humpback Whale” Month Events
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  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Diving into the barf! New insights into ʻAoʻū (Christmas Shearwater) foraging ecology from Hōlanikū
    Thursday, November 18, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Speaker: Kevin OʻBrien from Papahānaumokuakea Marine Debris Project
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December