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Cultural Research


Report and Primary Sources

In 2010, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) commissioned an ethnographic study on the Hawaiian monk seal. Honua Consulting was subcontracted to work on the project. The goal of the project was to conduct an objective assessment on the historical and modern cultural significance of the Hawaiian Monk Seal. Archival research was conducted, including searches of Hawaiian language newspapers and other resources. Several interviews were also conducted throughout the state with individuals from the Hawaiian community with a wide range of views on the monk seal. The report and research documents are provided here to allow the public to review the report and findings for themselves.

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Finding Balance

Nā Mea Hulu is a project by Honua Consulting, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The goal is to find ways to protect the dwindling monk seal population without impacting the practices and livelihoods of Hawaiians and fisherman.

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