The Maui Nui Makai Network has achieved great things since its beginning in 2013 as the first community-based marine conservation network in Maui Nui. Our mission is to connect communities across Maui Nui to care for and restore healthy ecosystems on which Hawai'i's people depend, and the Network is a reminder that each group working hard in their own communities is creating big changes collectively. Our purpose is to share and learn from our diverse experiences, lessons, and best practices to help member sites mālama (care for) specific makai (seaward) areas. Collectively, we have reached over 35,000 people through outreach efforts that share our messages of mālama 'āina. Together we care for over 18 miles of coastal area, often in partnership with other organizations and agencies. To encourage each other to keep up the good work, Network members meet at least two times per year around February and September. Learn more about our mission and partnership, highlights in the media, and Helpful Tools developed and utilized by the Network.
MISSION & PURPOSE
Our mission is to connect communities across Maui Nui to care for and restore healthy ecosystems on which Hawai'i's people depend. Our purpose is to share and learn from our diverse experiences, lessons, and best practices to help member sites mālama (care for) specific makai (seaward) areas.
Our vision is to see our relationship restored to both land and sea as we reach across communities and generations to enhance our strength through diversity. We envision that the land and sea are healthy and productive and our actions are consistent with with ahupua'a (ridge to reef) stewardship practices and supported by the best of scientific insight.
Together we commit to provide a legacy of ecosystem health and food security for future generations through education and 'āina restoration. We are motivated by our love for our island home and actively and purposefully support community-driven efforts to mālama 'āina (care for the earth) under the direction of nā kūpuna (our elders) and other knowledgable community members. With humility, we put fish first to ensure that ka pae 'āina (the Hawaiian archipelago) will return to abundance during our lifetime and for future generations.
OUR PROMISE TO PAE'ĀINA O HAWAI'I
In 2013, Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia set sail on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage to highlight diverse global cultural and natural treasures and the importance of working together to protect them. As part of this journey, individuals and organizations throughout Hawai‘i signed the Promise to Pae‘āina, a pledge to increase the health of Hawai‘i’s oceans by the return of the wa‘a (canoe) in 2017. In July 2014, the Maui Nui Makai Network pledged to help protect, restore, and conserve marine resources around Maui Nui through their strong connections to each other and their places.
IN THE NEWS
Learn more about the collective projects, press, and commitments of the Maui Nui Makai Network:
- Maui Nui Makai Network Pledges Support for Mālama Honua - Maui Nui Marine Resource Council (November 30, 2016)
- Maui Nui Makai Network - International Symposium on Capacity Building For Sustainable Oceans (July 19-20, 2016)
- Learning Networks as a Powerful Tool for Increasing Effectiveness of Coral Reef Conservation - International Coral Reef Symposium (June 19-24, 2016)
- ‘Boatload of Decision Makers’ studies plight of West Maui reefs - Lahaina News (June 16, 2016)
- Konohiki Fisheries - Past and Present - YouTube (October 27, 2015)
- Conservation commitments - Honolulu Star Advertiser (July 18, 2014)
- Maui Nui Network receives Nature Conservancy’s Kako‘o ‘Aina Award - The Maui News (November 23, 2014)
- Maui Nui Makai Network Receives Kākoʻo ʻĀina Award - Maui Now (October 30, 2014)
- Promise to the Pae‘āina o Hawai‘i - Hōkūle'a (April 23, 2014)
- Maui Nui Community Managed Makai Area Learning Network - The Early Years: Laying the Foundation (2010-2013) - NOAA (March 2014)
- An Ocean Network for Maui Nui - The Nature Conservancy (2013)
Photo credit: The Nature Conservancy (Alana Yurkanin)(home page photo); The Nature Conservancy (Russell Amimoto)(header); freepik.com (wave graphic); MNMN (Network photo); The Nature Conservancy (footer)