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  • Na Mea Hulu | Protecting the Hawaiian Monk Seals
    for this year includes a cut of 1 million from last year s amount a decrease of 30 The spending cuts will eliminate a substantial amount of the recovery effort and research taking place in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands where the population continues to struggle for survival and important programs to protect the growing seal populations in the main Hawaiian Islands It seems foolish for NOAA to sabotage its own legally mandated program The cut is particularly mystifying since spending for all marine mammals went up by more than 2 million this year and the fisheries agency of NOAA responsible for the seal among other things received an increase of approximately 100 million As with many endangered species recovery efforts the cost of recovering depleted species is not cheap What man has decimated over decades or centuries takes time and money to restore The federal government has not shied away from expending funds for Pacific salmon the Steller sea lion the right whale the gray wolf and the bald eagle Indeed this is what the law requires Groups are rallying to stop the budget cuts The Marine Conservation Institute and the Monk Seal Foundation have both launched petitions to stop the devastating cuts Marine Conservation Institute s petition can be found here While the politics and human dimensions of wildlife management are often complex extinction itself is eerily simple once a species is gone it s gone forever Extinction would be an awful thing to allow to happen on our watch since Hawai i and the U S government are exclusively responsible for the Hawaiian monk seals recovery or demise About Marine Conservation Institute Marine Conservation Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting marine ecosystems We work with scientists politicians government officials and other organizations around the world to fashion sustainable solutions compatible with healthy living oceans How Old Are Monk Seals The Hawaiian monk seal is over 10 million years old While references to the monk seal in Hawaiian literature are rare they do exist Our kūpuna identified the seal by various names including Īlioholoikauaua and nā mea hulu among others There are kūpuna who have traditional knowledge about the monk seal and its presence in pre contact Hawai i Learn More Species Description The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world Part of the true seal family Phocidae they are one of only two remaining monk seal species the other is the Mediterranean monk seal A third species the Caribbean monk seal is extinct Isolated from their closest relative 3 11 million years ago Hawaiian monk seals are considered a living fossil because they appear to be relatively unchanged from prehistoric times View Photos Finding Balance Nā Mea Hulu is a project by Honua Consulting in partnership with Marine Conservation Institute The goal is to find ways to protect the dwindling monk seal population without impacting the practices and livelihoods of Hawaiians and fisherman We need your help There are a

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  • Name Contest | Na Mea Hulu
    island of Kaua i or Ni ihau Must obtain legal guardian s permission to enter Selection Criteria Name must be in Hawaiian Name must use Hawaiian tradition and thinking Name is culturally appropriate for the pup Application Process Student or guardian must complete the application form Application form must be signed by a guardian Application must include a statement explaining the name chosen application will not be considered complete without the statement Application must be written in English Hawaiian or the Ni ihau Hawaiian dialect Drawing or illustration may be included with statement this is optional NOTE Applicants are encouraged to get assistance from guardians family friends kūpuna or kumu in their application and statement The guardian must disclose who the applicant received assistance from and how much assistance the applicant received We recognize that since this contest is open to students of different ages some students may require more assistance than others Contest runs until August 17 2012 Applications can be submitted via the following Email info nameahulu org Mail Honua Consulting PO Box 61395 Honolulu HI 96839 Fax 1 888 392 4941 toll free Applications must be received by 6 pm on AUGUST 17th 2012 APPLY HERE Prizes 100 cash grand prize one for each seal 10 honorary awards monk seal prize packs 5 for each seal Judging Applications will be judged by a panel of experts to be named Latest News Cuts Threaten Future of Critically Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal HELP NEEDED FROM PUBLIC TO LOCATE DISTRESSED MONK SEAL MOLOKA I DLNR SEEKS COMMUNITY S HELP TO FIND HOOKED MONK SEAL ON MAUI Media Advisory Happy Mother s Day New Monk Seal Pup Photos Information on shark predation at French Frigate Shoals Archives March 2014 May 2013 March 2013 January 2013 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012

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  • News & Updates | Na Mea Hulu | Protecting the Hawaiian Monk Seals
    locate a sick and severely malnourished Hawaiian monk seal known to frequent the Kalaupapa area in the county of Kalawao Moloka i Experts are concerned about her health and want to bring the seal to O ahu for assessment and treatment at the Waikīkī Aquarium The seal would be returned to Kalaupapa after recovery The seal we are looking for would appear ill and its ribs or other skeletal features would likely be visible We are asking people to keep an eye out for this seal in the water or on the beach explains Pat Wardell President of the Monk Seal Foundation a Hawaii based organization that recently took over management of the monk seal volunteer program on Moloka i If found the seal would be airlifted to O ahu where veterinarians can conduct a health assessment and treat any medical conditions When the seal recovers it will be returned to Molokai stated David Schofield NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Response Coordinator The seal is a female yearling known as RL26 She was born in Kalaupapa in 2012 Public cooperation is essential to monk seal recovery We urge the residents of Moloka i to help locate this seal asks Trisha Kehaulani Watson the Hawai i representative for Marine Conservation Institute We have seen how public cooperation and timely treatment can be the difference between life and death for monk seals that are in distress The groups have provided a photo of the seal in which is appears severely malnourished and ill Anyone that locates this seal or has information on its whereabouts should contact the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline at 1 888 256 9840 Photo Credit NOAA Permit Number 932 1905 Suggested Caption This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1 888 256 9840 About Marine Conservation Institute Marine Conservation Institute is a U S nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting marine ecosystems We work with scientists politicians government officials and other organizations in the United States and around the world to fashion solutions to problems affecting marine ecosystems which are long lasting and compatible with sustainable ocean use Honua Consulting represents Marine Conservation Institute in Hawai i About Monk Seal Foundation The Monk Seal Foundation is a Hawaii based non profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal We actively work with volunteers government agencies and other non profits to both protect the monk seals and to engage and educate the public Photo Credit NOAA Permit Number 932 1905 Suggested Caption This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1 888 256 9840 Photo Credit NOAA Permit Number 932 1905 Suggested Caption This severely emaciated and sick monk seal needs help right away Please call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline if you locate it at 1 888 256 9840 Photo Credit

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  • Cultural Research | Na Mea Hulu
    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 What would you like to see Official Report Download pdf Hawaiian Language Articles Genealogy and Traditional Mo olelo Names Videos Information from Interviews Places and Place Names Photos Latest Updates Cuts Threaten Future of Critically Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal HELP NEEDED FROM PUBLIC TO LOCATE DISTRESSED MONK SEAL MOLOKA I DLNR SEEKS COMMUNITY S HELP TO FIND HOOKED MONK SEAL ON MAUI Media Advisory Happy Mother s Day New Monk Seal Pup Photos Information on shark predation at French Frigate Shoals 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

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  • Genealogy and Traditional Mo‘olelo | Na Mea Hulu
    ilio nui niho oi a Kane the large sharp toothed dog of Kane ka ilio holo i ka uaua a Lono the dog running at the voice of Lono ka puaa maoli the common hog ka ilio alii a Kane the royal dog of Kane na moo lizards Fornander 1919 References to ka ilio holo i ka uaua a Lono are rare Only the reference in Fornander s has been found to date The association with Lono rather than Kane is also interesting Dogs are typically associated with Kane many other ocean animals are associated with Kanaloa Another possibility may be that the īlio hā was in fact a monk seal The īlio hā appears in The Epic Tale of Hi iakaikapoliopele Nogelmeier 2006 As Hi iaka travels through O ahu on her way to Kaua i Hi iaka describes an area near Ka ō io Point there is a plain on the inland side and dangerous waters seaward a place renowned in the saying Lie calmly in the sea of your chief As we go along we will reach Makaua land of the Ma akua rain That is where the īlio h of Kāne dwells named Kauhike īmakaokalani an uncle of ours Nogelmeier 2006 The tale continues as translated Hey dear friend Wahine ōma o responded Yes Then Hi iaka asked as her hand indicated a ridge of steep cliffs descending sharply to the read Do you see that line of cliffs overgrown with ti leaves Wahine ōma o agreed that she did and her friend asked again Do you see that stone lying there shaped like an īlio a dog with the head the body and all the features of a dog Looking carefully at the stone her friend pointed out Wahine ōma o could make out a great strong that looked just like a dog lying down with its head up facing inland of the cliff When Wahine ōma o had spotted the stone she said Oh Hi i I do see the stone you are talking about it is like a great dog But our dogs are tiny and that one is huge That is amazing Was that rock craft like that by the people of this pace What is the nature of that stone my friend That is no stone carved by man but rather the rock form of one of our uncles one I mentioned to you That is Kauhike īmakaolani He is the īlio hā that Kane brought from Kahiki and he is always seen yonder at Ka ō io Point that high spot before one reaches the flatlands on the way to Kāne ohe The third place where he s often seen is at the mouth of Nu uanu Valley where one enters Kahaukomo As I told you this īlio hā belongs to Kāne and his lineage is recited for he is from Kumuhonua and his wife Polohina His lineage chant is a prayer memorized by our ancestors Just so you will

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  • Information from Interviews | Na Mea Hulu
    Hawai i Island tells of a pair of lovers who suffered the wrath of the jealous shark god Kua After his affections were spurned he curses the woman turning her into a monk seal and her male companion into a dragonfly so the two could not be together The pair was later reunited in their human forms by the god Kū Appendix These mo olelo indicate a historical cultural association with the monk seal but appear to be limited to a few places where familial traditions have preserved the stories For some kūpuna the specific origins of the animal and its significance in Hawaiian culture are irrelevant as the traditional Hawaiian sense of stewardship extends to all species and the environment One respondent for example expressed whether they are ʻhānai adopted or hānau born of as in a son or daughter monk seals are part of the ocean and we humans have an obligation to protect them This perspective has also been shared by other community elders interviewed about the monk seal Seldon and Lucas 2010 Watson 2010 These views indicate an modern evolving socio cultural significance ascribed to the species by some interviewees who draw on traditional conceptions of environmental and resource stewardship in relation to the species While some Native Hawaiian community members hold positive views about the monk seal others view the monk seal negatively and do not associate any cultural significance to the species historically or in modern times Among these respondents the seal is viewed as endemic to the NWHI but not to the MHI Some respondents view the seal as an invasive species in the MHI and believe the seal should remain in the NWHI only Respondents commonly cite the lack of Hawaiian cultural references to the seal in traditional chants hula dance and other knowledge forms Other respondents pointed to the lack of evidence that the monk seal was ever used for food tools weapons fabrics medicine or combustible material One respondent emphasized that everything in Hawaiʻi had a common use since there was no use then it must not be native Other respondents pointed to the lack of monk seal bones iwi found in archeological excavations or petroglyphs ki i pōhaku depicting monk seals Respondents on Maui were not aware of any place names sacred sites wahi pani or fishing shrines koʻa named after the monk seal They also mentioned that their kūpuna elders never mentioned the monk seal and that they did not know of any families that regarded the monk seal as their aumakua spiritual family guardian The most commonly cited source of human monk seal conflict is negative interactions with fishers primarily men in Hawai i Fishing has a long history in Hawai i and is embedded in the socio cultural traditions and subsistence lifestyles of Hawaiian communities Glazier 2007 Titcomb 1972 Monk seals are viewed by Native Hawaiian fishers and their families as direct competitors in that they preferentially take fish specifically targeted by fishers Many respondents believe

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  • Hawaiian Language Articles | Na Mea Hulu
    19 1894 Ilioholoikauaua Dog running in the rough seas Lama Hawaii Hulu Fur Ke Alaula Ilioholoikauaua Dog running in the rough seas Ke Alaula 11 1 1867 Ilioholoikauaua Dog running in the rough seas Ka Nonanona 8 3 1841 Sila Seal Ka Nupepa Kuokoa 11 8 1862 Monaka Monk Ka Nupepa Kuokoa 12 17 1864 Ilioholoikauaua Dog running in the rough seas Ka Nupepa Kuokoa 6 29 1865 Ilioholoikauaua Dog running in the rough seas Ka Nupepa Kuokoa 2 19 1876 Ilioholoikauaua Dog running in the rough seas Ka Nupepa Kuokoa 3 18 1876 Iliopii Climbing dog Ka Nupepa Kuokoa 8 5 1876 Ilioholoikauaua Dog running in the rough seas Ka Nupepa Kuokoa 3 15 1879 Iliopii Climbing dog Latest Updates Cuts Threaten Future of Critically Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal HELP NEEDED FROM PUBLIC TO LOCATE DISTRESSED MONK SEAL MOLOKA I DLNR SEEKS COMMUNITY S HELP TO FIND HOOKED MONK SEAL ON MAUI Media Advisory Happy Mother s Day New Monk Seal Pup Photos Information on shark predation at French Frigate Shoals 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

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  • Places and Place Names | Na Mea Hulu
    Hā ena region on Kaua i He writes Providing shelter from the wind to the canoe landing at Kē ē Lae o Ka Īlio the headland of the dog refers to the endangered Hawaiian monk seal known to Hawaiians as īlio hele i ka uaua dog running in the rough seas Residents saw seals there even in the days before the federally established laws now protecting them caused a dramatic increase in their numbers in the main Hawaiian islands Andrade 2008 The presence of Lae o Ka Īlio on Kaua i would suggest further investigation into the possible relationship between Lae o Ka Īlio on Moloka i and monk seals There is reason to speculate that the place name is a relation to the presence of monk seals in the area although there are no known references linking this site to monk seals Contrary the Hawai i Department of Land and Natural Resources has linked the site to another mythical īlio Ilio Point or Kalaeokailio has an ancient legend of a red dog associated with it which explains its name DLNR 2009 citing Ne et al 2002 Although it is also possible the site was named for the frequent presence of monk seals like its counterpart on Kaua i There are numerous sites throughout Hawai i that may warrant reconsideration Kane īlio Kū īlioloa and Pu uanahulu Pūkui notes in her Place Names of Hawai i that Pu uanahulu was Perhaps named for a supernatural dog of that name see Ka lae o ka īlio Pūkui et al 1974 The reference to Ka lae o ka īlio reads Points at Kona Hawai i Kau pō Maui northwest Molokai also called Īlio and Ka īlio Lit the cape of the dog At the Kona point in a sea pool is the

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