Posted: June 21, 2021

Integrating Native Hawaiian culture into management of Papahānaumokuākea

Report cover over reef image.
Mai Ka Pō Mai cover. Background image: James Watt/NOAA.

The Co-Trustees of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument have released Mai Ka Pō Mai, a historic guidance document to help federal and state agencies further integrate Native Hawaiian culture into all areas of management.

Based on conceptual components of Hawaiian cosmology and worldview, Mai Ka Pō Mai articulates values and principles that align with Native Hawaiian culture and values, as well as the various federal and state agency mandates and missions. 

Developed through continuous and regular meetings with the Native Hawaiian community since 2010, Mai Ka Pō Mai will serve as the foundation for the update of the Monument Management Plan, which is currently underway. 

Read the press release here.

To read Mai Ka Pō Mai visit