The Hawaiian Islands’ rich culture is embedded in its indigenous language, people, practices and natural resources. The Kumulipo, or The Hawaiian Creation Chant, speaks of the relationships between the land and the heaven and the ocean, between the plants and the animals, and finally between man and woman.
Coral Reef Restoration & Ocean Preservation
The Hawaiian archipelago has suffered from several extreme coral bleaching events, caused by high ocean temperatures. If climate change were to stop today, scientists expect 90% of coral will die by 2050. The ocean is dying–and with it much of our world’s food supply.
Hawaii is often called the “endangered species capital of the world”. . How do we protect Hawaiian biodiversity from the threats of climate change, invasive species, hunting and population growth?
Water Resource Management
While we’re surrounded by the Pacific Ocean with abundant rivers and streams galore and rain, Hawaii Island has 11 climate zones, we must share water from the dry, sun baked Kona-side to the rain drenched Hilo-side. How can we share the water and effectively manage it so that we all have what we need to thrive?
7.3 billion people. Trillions of animals and organisms. One Earth. We’re all connected. We all share our planet’s precious and dwindling natural resources. What can we do so there is enough to go around in a world threatened by climate change?
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Climate change and extreme weather from floods, wildfires and droughts is forcing people from their homes. Environmental migration has become one of the most challenging economic and humanitarian crises in recent years. It’s important to understand the magnitude of displacement. By 2060 another 1.4 billion people will have to move to escape our planet’s rising seas. The Aloha State is on the front line of this climate change, with coastal erosion washing away our beaches, cultural sites and homes.
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Hawaii is made up a multi-culturally rich and diverse communities. We all share the same basic needs. Food. Water. Shelter. Jobs. To realize our sustainability goals, we must work together for the good of all. Too often Hawaii’s agencies, organizations, and businesses work separately. We need to be more connected so we can not only function, but thrive. We need to urgently develop more community partnerships.
Environmental Disaster Preparation
Hawaii is an island chain with over 1,000 miles of coastline, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Given our active volcanoes, towering mountains, treacherous valleys and gulches, rushing rivers and lots of rain, we are vulnerable to environmental disasters. Tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions regularly ravage Hawaii’s islands. These environmental disasters can be devastating to our local, rural communities. It's important that each of us is prepared.