Ka honua, he moku; he moku, ka honua
(The world is an island; an island is the world):
Applying Island Knowledges to World Environmental Challenges
This workshop is a story about an important journey. It is a journey from Maunalua Bay on the island of O`ahu in Hawai`i, where communities first gathered to discuss the restoration and revitalization of their biocultural resources, to the planning of the Hōkūle`a World Wide Voyage, scheduled to begin in 2013. Many important transformations have occurred in the Southeast district (moku) of O`ahu. From the community activism of Mālama Maunalua (a community based NGO that successfully worked to restore the watershed and near shore coastal area), to the developments of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, to the enhanced inclusion of indigenous knowledges at both state and federal government levels, to a gather of Pacific Islanders to discuss the future of the Pacific (Moana Nui 2011), into the planning of the World Wide Voyage – at the heart of the story lies numerous indigenous people who have come together to advocate for the protection their knowledges and natural resources. Despite extensive urbanization related challenges, the island of O`ahu is an important success story to share at the IUCN WCC Member Forum. It is a story of community organization around conservation; it is a story about improving policies for indigenous people through advocacy; it is a story about finding ways to successfully bring together western science and traditional ecological knowledge. It is a story still unfolding, and the hope is that through this workshop, we will find new friends to come into the story, so that we may continue it together.