Photo: Makena Ross, Kalama‘ehu Takahashi, and Xavier Claybaugh
Makena Ross, Kalama‘ehu Takahashi, and Xavier Claybaugh enjoying the return trip passing Kaua‘i aboard SSV Makani ‘Olu.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs continues to work with partners within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to facilitate access opportunities for Native Hawaiians to conduct needed management activities. This summer, field work was conducted at Kuaihelani (Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge) and Nihoa. Aspects of traditional resource management were utilized and taught to managers in order to gain understanding of the environments there and the species within. Other traditional practices were also emphasized to enhance the relationship to place. – Photo: Brad Wong