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.


September

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Utilizing a Biocultural Lens to Build Pilina (relationships) to the Kai Lipo (deep sea ecosystems)
    Speakers: Hōkūokahalelani Pihana, M.S, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Executive Director Nā Waʻa Mauō Marine Stewardship Program
    Kainalu Steward, M.S, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Ph.D. student, Arizona State University
    J. Hauʻoli Lorenzo-Elarco, Kumu Aʻo ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Instructor of Hawaiian Language) at Honolulu Community College, Ph.D. student, Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

    Thursday, September 15, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    Increasing indigenous participation in STEAM, ocean sciences, and maritime careers is critical for building equitable and inclusive biocultural ocean science. Join Hōkū Pihana, Kainalu Steward and Hauʻoli Lorenzo-Elarco of the Papahānaumokuākea Native Hawaiian Cultural Working Group as they share their experiences developing a partnership with the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) during deep ocean mapping and exploration within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Johnston Atoll. From 2021-2022, Kānaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiians) participated as Science & Engineering Interns, Science Communication Fellows, and Cultural Liaisons on OET’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus. This partnership has led to the creation of Hawaiian names for each expedition, promotional videos in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) for live ship-to-shore interactions with kula kaiapuni (Hawaiian immersion schools), and a current effort to create culturally-grounded ocean science curriculum in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. Come learn more about efforts to transform ocean science through a biocultural lens.
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August

  • Get Into Your Sanctuary Day Celebration
    Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. HST
    Mā‘ili Beach Park in Waianae, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i
    Ko Olina Resort in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other community partners will host a Get Into Your Sanctuary Day Celebration. The free event will be held on Saturday, August 6th from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with a beach cleanup, marine debris art show, and ocean education and sustainability activities at Mā‘ili Beach Park. Get Into Your Sanctuary raises awareness about the natural and cultural importance of our national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments and ways that we can protect these special places and our oceans. This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuary System, including Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and the Year of the Limu.
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  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Holu Lalo: A strategy for enhancing resilience of French Frigate Shoals Atoll
    Speaker: Kiloaulani Ka'awa-Gonzales, E. Gordon Grau Fellow, Contractor with UH Sea Grant in support of NOAA Pacific Region Executive Board (PREB)

    Thursday, August 18, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    Located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM), the tiny islets of Lalo (French Frigate Shoals) serve as critical terrestrial nesting and resting habitat for Hawaiian green sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, and seabirds. With nearly 1,000 square kilometers of coral reef, Lalo supports the greatest variety of coral species in the PMNM; more than 600 species of invertebrates, many of which are endemic; and more than 150 species of algae. In this webinar, Kiloaulani Ka'awa-Gonzales will discuss the efforts taken by PMNM and their climate collaborators to 1) identify priority climate-related stressors present at Lalo, 2) explore adaptive management options to address these climate-related impacts, and 3) establish a comprehensive and collaborative resilience strategy outlining innovative implementation of actions intended to maintain and enhance the resilience of terrestrial and marine habitats at Lalo.
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July

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Tracking North Pacific Albatrosses to Understand Fishery Interactions
    Speaker: Rachael Orben, Assistant Professor (Senior Research), Oregon State University, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences

    Thursday, July 28, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    Understanding what drives the interactions between albatross and fisheries operations can offer resource managers new perspectives on strategies to reduce negative encounters, thereby promoting ocean management and albatross conservation. Albatross populations worldwide have been severely impacted by mortalities from long-line fisheries interactions where birds consume bait, become hooked, and then drown. Although albatross can be attracted to fishing vessels, simple overlap between albatross and fisheries distributions does not equate to negative interactions for all birds. Thus, individual-based perspectives can offer insights into the conditions under which albatross approach fishing vessels. Our team is using novel radar detecting biologging devices to identify albatross-vessel encounters within and surrounding the Papahānaumokuākea to better understand the impacts of fisheries on albatrosses in the North Pacific.
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June

  • 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Ceremony
    Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. HST
    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawai‘i
    To RSVP, email battleofmidway80@gmail.com.
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  • World Oceans Day
    Saturday, June 11, 2022, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. HST
    Kalākaua Park in Hilo, Hawai‘i
    World Oceans Day 2022 is an educational outreach event organized by Hiloʻs newly formed Museum Square. This collaborative involves the East Hawai’i Cultural Center, Hawai’i Science and Technology Museum, Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, and Pacific Tsunami Museum.
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  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    National Marine Sanctuaries: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed
    Speaker: John Armor, Director, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

    Thursday, June 16, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    Nearly fifty years ago, a new era of ocean conservation was born by creating a system of national marine sanctuaries. Since then, the National Marine Sanctuary System has grown into a nationwide network of 15 national marine sanctuaries and two marine national monuments that conserve more than 620,000 square miles of spectacular ocean and Great Lakes waters, an area nearly the size of Alaska. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the System, we're taking time to look back on all that's been accomplished, celebrate where we've gotten to, and plan for the future, to elevate national marine sanctuaries and their effectiveness (as well as other types of MPAs) as part of a future strategy for ocean and Great Lakes conservation.
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May

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Marlies Tumolo, Mission: Iconic Reefs - An Ambitious Plan to Restore 7 Sites in the Florida Keys
    Thursday, May 19, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
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April

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Dr. Jeff Drazen, The Connections Between Deep-sea Mining, the Monuments and Fisheries
    Thursday, April 21, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
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March

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Dr. Beth Orcutt, Living Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Microbes in the Deep Sea and Potential Impacts of Deep-sea Mining
    Thursday, March 17, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    Register for free webinar

February

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Dr. Huihui Kanahele-Mossman, Building Relationships to Papahānaumokuākea through Kānaka ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) Oral Traditions
    Thursday, February 17, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    Register for free webinar

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series
    Justin Umholtz, Inspire your students to dive in as coral scientists-in-training! Introducing the Coral Check-up Lesson Series
    Thursday, February 24, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
    Register for free webinar

January

  • NOAA Live! Webinar Series
    Born is the Coral Polyp, A Creation Story from Hawaiʻi with Malia K. Evans
    Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. HST
    Speaker: Malia K. Evans, Education and Native Hawaiian Outreach Specialist at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
    Emerging from the deep darkness was the tiny coral polyp, the first life form born in the Kumulipo, a Hawaiian creation story. The 2,100 line chant establishes and reaffirms the family relationships Native Hawaiians maintain to the natural environment, to each other and to our oldest ancestor the coral polyp. This presentation and hands-on activity will explore this sacred origin story as we deepen our understanding of Native Hawaiian oral traditions, basic coral polyp anatomy and the practice of mālama 'āina, to care for and respect the natural world around us.
    ACTIVITY DURING THE WEBINAR: We will be making our own coral polyp art during the webinar. To prepare, click here for instructions and a full materials list!
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  • Reserve Advisory Council Meeting
    Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. HST
    For more information, visit here.

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Luna Kekoa from Division of Aquatic Resources about State of Hawaiʻi Holomua: Marine 30×30 Initiative
    Thursday, January 20, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. HST
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