An unique environmental initiative, the Promise to the Pae‘aina o Hawai‘i, brings together individuals and organizations from all sectors to a collective effort to achieve real improvements in protecting and caring for Hawai’i’s unique environment.
These efforts are inspired by two voyaging canoes, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, that left Honolulu in 2014 to embark a four year journey across the world.
The purpose of this voyage is to encourage change in the relationship between people and Hawai'i's Islands by achieving three goals and twenty commitments . The goals include effecting an immediate change on oceans and how they are valued; implementing policy measures that ensure healthier oceans in the future; and catalyzing long-term collaborative ocean management.
Conservation International and the Ocean Health Index are working in a close partnership with many other individuals and organizations to support this initiative towards more sustainable world, and currently undergoing Hawai'i Ocean Health Index independent assessment (OHI+) aligns with the goals outlined in the Promise to Pae’aina.
A video recently published by the Polynesian Voyaging Society on the Promise to Pae'aina features Aulani Wilhelm, Senior Vice President of the Center for Oceans at Conservation International who led the designation of what has become the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage site -a marine protected area that was recently expanded by President Obama.
In the video, Wilhelm discusses the significance of the Promise to the Pae‘aina o Hawai‘i for herself, Hawai'i and the whole world.
"The canoe, the voyage -it makes me hopeful in a time when I think people have started to wonder: are there magnificent places in the world still to protect?
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Are there cultures that can perpetuate despite kind of these global forces that matter and make things different? Can our world be different?" Wilhelm says.
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"And this voyage and a promise of a different view of the future, we need that, I want that for my kids, I want that for their kids. Our canoe and every story that is coming around is showing us that the world is magnificent still, and there's lots of people and places to connect with -and a lots of reason to try."
See video about the Promise to Pae’aina.