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Promise to Paeʻ Āina o Hawaiʻiʻ - A Collective Commitment
by Polynesian Voyaging Society (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
We are stewards and navigators of Hawaiis environment. We will increase our management efforts, enhance them through the synergies to be found with each other, and accept the responsibility of Mālama Honua, to take care of our Island Earth. We believe that by inspiring Hawaiis residents to learn about, care for, and safeguard these islands, and by extension Island Earth, they will navigate the future of our island home toward vitality, renewal, and sustainability. We promise to create, sustain, and navigate a movement dedicated to a healthier āina for future generations, one that is imbued with the goodness of Hōkūlea and the wisdom born of her legacy.

The strength of our commitment is demonstrated in this partnership, both unprecedented and necessary to Hawaii. We are strengthened with the knowledge that by working together, we can and will reach our shared destination an environment worthy of our future generations.

These commitments expressly reflect our collective efforts and acknowledge that our ocean is:

1) OUR LIVELIHOOD - Ocean-based enterprises are sustainable; guided by cultural heritage, facilitated by relevant science, authorized by sufficient management capacity, and optimized by new opportunities.
Explore a stronger fisheries management framework with scientists and fishers
Strengthen fishpond restoration through knowledge pooling and improved collaboration among practitioners statewide
Systematize marine monitoring to determine healthy reefs across Hawaiʻi and contribute to a centralized database for improved management.

2) OUR ISLAND HOME - Caring for our island communities, lands and waters through partnerships and action.
Increase restoration in wao akua (upper watershed) through enhanced acreage of native forest under protection and policy support.
Improve watershed health in the wao kanaka (lower watershed) through coordinated action for sustainable and resilient communities.
Elevate actions for healthy, resilient and sustainable coastal communities through statewide networks.

3) OUR FUTURE - Collective investment in our future leaders is priority, providing the proper tools, training, and experience to advance this work beyond our own lifetimes and abilities.
Determine scope of existing conservation internships, fellowships, youth training programs and other similar education opportunities that are in Hawaiʻi today.
Based on the scope, build a career pathway tree for individuals interested in conservation careers.
Contextualize career map with broader scoped Promise to Children, the educational initiative of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

4) OUR RESPONSIBILITY - Build capacity to sustainably manage Hawaiʻis ocean resources for generations to come. Aligned with Governor David Iges goal to effectively manage 30% of nearshore marine waters in the Main Hawaiian Islands by the year 2030 (part of the Sustainable Hawaiʻi Initiative), this effort will develop a shared narrative and a checklist of 5-year collective priorities focused on: collaborative science; aggregate impact of coordinated statewide, regional, and place- based management efforts; improved enforcement; and innovative and optimized funding. 

5) OUR HERITAGE - Our island way of life will thrive through community-based co-management of our marine resources.
Build stronger community networks locally and internationally
Launch central online resource for communities called Auamo.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
December 2016
A Licensing Project Study report that explores the potential benefits and impacts of different forms for a non-commercial marine fishing registry, permit or license system for the State of Hawaiʻi. The report provides additional and more robust data to support fisheries management, foster more two-way dialogue between fishers and managers; and create sources of independent, continuous funding to support effective fisheries management and enforcement.
July 2017
Increase community-based co-management of our marine resources by building a global network of grassroots and indigenous communities to improve collaborative efforts locally and internationally.
June 2017
Establish, activate, grow and maintain the efforts of the Hawaiʻi Environmental Cleanup Coalition, a statewide network of cleanup organizations, schools, community groups and volunteers that will maximize coastal stewardship and elevate actions for healthy, resilient and sustainable coastal communities.
May 2018 /2030
Create a shared narrative and set of 5-year priorities to reach government, nonprofit, community and private sector to effectively manage 30% of nearshore marine waters in the Main Hawaiian Islands by 2030 and supporting the state-wide goals in the Sustainable Hawaiʻi Initiative.
Financing (in USD)
20,000 USD
Other, please specify
Other resources that were contributed included advocacy through legislation, cross-promotion and communication services, graphic designing, review and evaluation, story-map & GIS mapping, writing/editing, outreach and education, mentorship, grant-find
In-kind contribution
Partners contributed by providing meeting resources, venue, expertise, time and other resources to implement the various targets of each commitment goal in the Promise to Paeʻ Āina Collective Impact Effort.
Staff / Technical expertise
Partners contributed staff support for liaison, convening events, projects, technical expertise for site development and maintenance.
Basic information
Time-frame: April 2014 - May 2018
Polynesian Voyaging Society, Harold KL Castle Foundation (Philanthropi ), Conservation International (NGO), The Nature Conservancy (NGO), Office of Planning (Govt), USFS (Govt), USDOT FHA (Govt), PREL (NGO), Liquid Robotics (Private), Moana Pasifika (Other), Hi ASLA(Civil ), Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (NGO), NOAA (Govt), Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (Partnership), Office of Hawaiian Affairs (Government), KUPU Hawaiʻi (NGO), Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance (NGO), Hawaiʻi Green Growth (NGO), Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation (Philanthropic ), East-West Center (NGO), Mālama Maunalua (NGO), Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (Partnership), Pono Pacific (Private Sector), Surfrider Foundation (NGO), Hoʻokele Strategies (Private), Kamehameha Schools (Academic ), ʻIolani School (Academic), 808 Cleanups (NGO), UHM Environmental Law Program (Academic), Dept Land & Natural Resources (Govt), Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (Scientific ), Kokua Hawaiʻi Foundation (NGO), UHM Kewalo Marine Laboratory (Scientific), UHM Sea Grant College (Scientific), UHM Biology Department (Scientific), Marimed Foundation (NGO), Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (Philanthropic) Big Ocean (Partnership), Marine Education Training Center (Academic), Honua Consulting (Private), Environmental Protection Agency (Government), Hi Department of Education (Government) Pacific Island Institute (Private sector), Maui Nui Marine Resource Council (Community/Partnership), Coral Reef Alliance (Partnership/Scientific Community), Kuleana Microlending (Private)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
  • South Atlantic
  • South Pacific
  • Southern Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Through the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage sailing 60,000 nautical miles, visiting 27 countries in 150 ports, which includes First Nations and Island Nations in the South Pacific.
Contact information
LorMona Meredith, Promise to Paeʻ Āina Coordinator , lormona@pvshawaii.org , 808-387-5943
10 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96819
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