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Coastal Internship Grants Awarded To Local Groups



Island Internships Highlight the Potential of Partnerships between Small Businesses,

Local Nonprofits and Government Agencies in Building Grassroots Sustainability Programs

HONOLULU – Local small business Honua Consulting today announced their inaugural awardees for a new internship program which aims to develop ‘āina-based research projects that benefit natural resource preservation in Hawai‘i’s island communities.

Hanalei Watershed Hui and Mālama Kaua‘i will both receive grant awards for internship projects that address coastal health on North Kaua‘i. 

Hanalei Watershed Hui strives to care for the Ahupua’a of Hanalei, Waioli, Waipā, and Waikoko guided by Hawaiian and other principles of sustainability and stewardship, integrity and balance, cooperation and aloha, cultural equity and mutual respect. Hanalei Watershed Hui will use their funds to work with an intern to develop a handbook for their successful Makai Watch Program.

Mālama Kaua‘i will use their award to create enhanced understanding of muliwai and steam systems and ma uka and ma kai relations. The projects aims to restore the community’s ability to assess stream health and knowledge as to whether it is safe to enter the water, without sampling. The project will also provide data to help implements proper policies to improve watershed health and decrease pollutants in the bays where people love to swim, fish and surf.  Founded in 2006, Mālama Kaua‘i is a community-based nonprofit organization that focused on advocating, educating and driving action towards a sustainable Kaua‘i. 

Funds for the program were provided by the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Pacific Island Region and will be administered by Honua Consulting.  “I am pleased to partner with Honua Consulting to fund these exciting and much needed projects within the North Shore of Kaua‘i Sanctuary communities,” said Allen Tom, Regional Director for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries program. “This is similar to projects that the Sanctuary program has funded in similar sanctuary communities throughout the Pacific including Maui, Hawai‘i Island, O‘ahu and American Samoa.”

“We are incredibly excited about this program,” says Dr. Trisha Kehaulani Watson, owner of Honua Consulting and Program Manager.  “We believe that government funds are often best used when given to communities so that they can drive their own initiatives.  These small, local organizations are comprised of community members who know their communities and know their communities’ needs.  The best thing we can do with this money is turn it over to the community and then get out of their way, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Dr. Watson notes that the proposals were of exceptionally high quality and that as a result of these early, but promising, signs of success her company is looking into securing additional funds to continue and expand the program.  The goal is to take the program statewide in the upcoming years.

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Saturday, June 1, 2013

Aloha, everyone!

You are invited to attend the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Saturday, June 1, 5-9 pm at the Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu (doors open at 4 pm).  La’akea Carvalho of Knowledge In Motion is presenting this fun and meaningful event with generous support from many good folks and companies.  He has selected 14 wonderful films from around the world to inspire us all.

The event is a membership drive for the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i, and we will be offering membership specials that night.  There will also live music, ‘ono local food for sale, door prizes, and art and other premiums for sale.  Our sponsors and partners include Patagonia, Nä Mea Hawai‘i/Native Books, KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, Honua Consulting, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, Hawai‘i Geographic Society, and others.

Tickets are only $10 for members of the Honolulu Museum of Art, $12 for non-members.  Tickets may be purchased online at < <> or at the door.  Our goal is sell out the theatre – 280 tickets!  There is also a posting on Facebook events page:  <>

I hope you will join us that night and bring your family and friends.  If you would like to help publicize the event, sell tickets, or kokua that night, please contact Conservation Council for Hawai‘i at or 593-0255 (Honolulu).  Mahalo nui loa!

National Attention on Monk Seal Issue Highlights Need for Local Program

National Attention on Monk Seal Issue Highlights Need for Local Program

Response to New York Times Magazine article: Local fishermen working together with the Marine Conservation Institute to understand the issues and help create an attitude of coexistence.

HONOLULU, HI (May 8, 2013) – A New York Times Magazine article investigating the monk seal killings on Kaua‘i and Moloka‘i in 2011 and 2012 has revived attention to the conflict over the protection of this highly endangered marine mammal.  In “Who Would Kill a Monk Seal?” writer Jon Mooallem, describes the complex conservation issues that plague the island of Kaua‘i, including conflict over the protection of shearwater birds and nene goose.

The Marine Conservation Institute, a non-profit organization, hopes its work on Kaua’i will help resolve the conflict over the seal. Marine Conservation Institute has been working with Kaua‘i residents to investigate and resolve the social struggles prompted by federal conservation actions on the Garden Island.

“We are community advocates,” explains fisherman Matt Sproat, who works with the Marine Conservation Institute in an effort to understand the ongoing conflict and create solutions that foster coexistence between local communities and monk seals.  Sproat continues, “We are here to listen to the community and work with the community, because we know that local fisherman and ocean users are just people like us who want to make sure their livelihoods and rights are protected.  We believe there is a way to balance protecting the livelihoods of local people with the needs of monk seals.”

Sproat and his team are currently conducting interviews and focus groups across Kaua‘i, gathering information for a report that aims to understand and address interactions between ocean users and monk seals.  The report will craft a number of recommendations for NOAA and DLNR  to help reduce and mitigate conflict, and improve government responsiveness to community needs and concerns.

“The people of Kaua‘i are good people.  They love their ‘āina and they love their ocean,” says Sproat.  He continues,   “We are here to work with the community in finding solutions that work for everybody, then we will advocate to see those solutions implemented at all levels of government.”

Residents interested in participating in the interviews or focus groups, or learning more about the project, should contact Matt Sproat at info[at]

The Marine Conservation Institute expects to have a draft of the report completed by Fall 2013.


About Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting marine ecosystems. We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations around the world to fashion sustainable solutions compatible with healthy, living oceans.



New York Times Magazine Article:

Education EFFORT aims to Improve Wildlife Viewing Experiences for public and protect hawaii’s unique Marine Resources

For immediate release:  April 17, 2013


Education EFFORT aims to Improve Wildlife Viewing Experiences

for public and protect hawaii’s unique Marine Resources


Three new PSAs encourage viewing marine wildlife from a distance


HONOLULU – In an effort to better educate visitors and residents about proper marine wildlife viewing, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), along with Honua Consulting and more than 20 community partners, has created a series of video public service announcements about Hawai`i’s marine resources.


“We recognize the need to be proactive in managing human-wildlife interactions in Hawai‘i,” explained William Aila, Chairman of the Board of Land and Natural Resources.  “As part of the Governor’s New Day plan for better environmental stewardship, the more we can educate visitors and residents about proper wildlife viewing, the more we can keep both the public and marine animals safe.”


The videos also encourage the public to choose tour operators that keep their distance when viewing marine wildlife like spinner dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, turtles, and humpback whales.


The PSAs are particularly important as incidents of both monk seal hookings and humpback whale ship strikes continue to occur.  In the 2012-2013 whale season, there have been 10 confirmed whale-vessel contacts.  In 2012 there were 17 confirmed monk seal hookings.  This year, there have been 6 confirmed hookings so far.


The project, Respect Ocean and Aquatic Resources (ROAR) Hawai‘i, was funded by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.  The videos, which were shot and produced locally by ‘Ōiwi TV, also feature the Hawaiian language.  “Part of what makes the Hawaiian Islands such a unique and special destination is our rich natural environment and unique host culture,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. “We are pleased to partner with DLNR and Honua Consulting to educate visitors and kama‘āina about the proper way to protect our ocean and marine life, while also highlighting the Hawaiian language.”


The videos can be viewed at the project website,


If you would like hi-resolution copies of the PSAs for use and distribution please email


ROAR Hawaii is a collection of information on Native Hawaiian ocean related practices and resources with the purpose of encouraging understanding and appreciation of our ocean through research, education, and culture.


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For more information news media may contact:


Deborah Ward

DLNR Public Information Specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320


Monk Seal Foundation is seeking applicants for part time Development Officer Position

The Monk Seal Foundation is seeking applicants for a part time Development Officer Position.

The Monk Seal Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal. The Monk Seal Foundation currently operates programs on Maui, Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, and the Island of Hawaii.

Primary Function:

Responsible for developing, executing, and evaluating funding campaigns for the Monk Seal Foundation through a strong working knowledge of local community relationships and donor preferences.


Oahu or Maui

Primary Responsibilities:

·      Generate fundraising income through campaign and events

·      Serve as primary staff contact for companies and individuals within his/her established portfolio regarding the giving of donations, pledges, strategic partnerships and engagement.

·      Identifies and creates new partnerships with companies and individuals

·      Address resource development issues in a timely manner, conferring with the President when appropriate.

·      Maintain positive relationships and on-going communications with the community.

General Qualifications:

·      Candidates must have 2 years of experience of sales, fundraising or related experience.

·      Candidates must be proficient in public speaking, facilitation, writing, and presentation skills, both one-on-one and publicly.

·      Candidate must have high degree of professionalism that requires the use of courtesy, tact, and discretion.

·      Strong organization and time management skills.

·      Computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office is helpful

Other Requirements:
Valid Hawaii Driver’s License, proof of auto insurance coverage, daily access to personal vehicle.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, salary requirements, and resume to: Monk Seal Foundation P.O. Box 10042, Lahaina, HI 96761

Applications must be received by May 31, 2013.