We work with many different entities to achieve our vision. Some arrangements are more formal than others, but all are critical to our work. Following is a list of our key partners and supporters.

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American Bird Conservancy (ABC)

A 501(c)(3), not-for profit organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.


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Awaiaulu is dedicated to developing resources and resource people that can bridge Hawaiian knowledge from the past to the present and the future. Historical resources are made accessible so as to build the knowledge base of both Hawaiian and English-speaking audiences, and young scholars are trained to understand and interpret those resources for modern audiences today and tomorrow.


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Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Founded in 1889, the Bishop Museum is the largest museum in Hawaiʻi and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, and has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. The Bishop Museum developed an online “Annotated Bibliography of Cultural Resources for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands,” which incorporates past cultural, geological, and biological studies in the NWHI.


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Big Ocean: A Network of the World's Large-Scale Marine Managed Areas

Co-founded by PMNM, Big Ocean was launched in 2010 to provide a forum for communication and networking for managers of large-scale MPAs to work together to improve their management efforts. PMNM continues to play a large role in Big Ocean, convening its seven member sites for business meetings and leading the development of the first-ever guidebook on large-scale marine area management.


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COSEE Island Earth

A collaborative initiative among university, government, research, and community partners to improve connections between scientists and educators, inform ocean science educational practices, and enhance ocean literacy in Hawaiʻi.


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Friends of Midway Atoll

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1999 to support the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to preserve, protect & restore the biological diversity and historic resources of Midway Atoll.


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Hawaii Conservation Alliance (HCA)

The HCA promotes strategic environmental stewardship, stimulates community participation in resource management, and leverages capacity across the Hawaiian Islands.


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Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)

Located in Kāneʻohe Bay on O‘ahu, HIMB resides within the University of Hawaiʻi’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). In 2005, HIMB entered into a partnership with NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries Program, working the study the ecosystems of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). HIMB continues to conduct research in the Monument that addresses management needs.


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Kure Atoll Conservancy

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting ongoing habitat restoration and other wildlife management programs that enhance biological diversity, ecosystem health, and cultural resources of Kure Atoll in Papahānaumokuākea.


Nā Maka Onaona

Nā Maka Onaona, formerly known as Nā Maka o Papahānaumokuākea, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing culturally-grounded educational programs and partnerships that support ʻāina momona, healthy and thriving communities of people and place, across Hawaiʻi and Moananuiākea.


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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF)

A private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization created to assist the National Marine Sanctuary Program with education and outreach programs designed to preserve, protect and promote meaningful opportunities for public interaction with the nation's marine sanctuaries.


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National Park Service - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (HAVO)

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) is the only other World Heritage Site in the state of Hawaiʻi in addition to the Monument. HAVO represents the beginning, or youngest portion of the Hawaiian archipelago, with new land forming through volcanic activity, while Kure Atoll in the Monument represents the northwestern-most and oldest emergent land in the chain. PMNM works with HAVO to interpret the Hawaiian Islands as a whole and engages in cross-interpretative training activities.


Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve (NWHI-CRER) Advisory Council

The Reserve Advisory Council (RAC) is a community-based advisory group consisting of representatives from various constituencies, mandated by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to provide advice on the management of the NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve within Papahānaumokuākea.

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Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC)

The PICCC is a self-directed, non-regulatory conservation alliance whose purpose is to assist those who manage native species, island ecosystems and key cultural resources in adapting their management to climate change for the continuing benefit of the people of the Pacific Islands.


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Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS)

PacIOOS is one of eleven regional observing programs in the U.S. that are supporting the emergence of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) under the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP). The PacIOOS region includes the U.S. Pacific Region (Hawaiʻi, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), the Pacific nations in Free Association with the U.S. (Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau), and the U.S. Minor Outlying Islands (Howland, Baker, Johnston, Jarvis, Kingman, Palmyra, Midway, Wake).


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United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.


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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Botany Department


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University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo


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Waikīkī Aquarium

The mission of the Waikīkī Aquarium is to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation and conservation of Pacific marine life. PMNM works with the aquarium on various educational and outreach activities.