I ka wā i hoʻonui ʻia ai ka palena ʻāina o ke kia hoʻomanaʻo kai pekelala ʻo Papahānaumokuākea ma lalo o Pelekikena Barack Obama, ʻo ia wahi nō kahi nui loa ma ka honua puni i mālama kaʻawale ʻia pēlā – he 600,000 mile kuea kona nui. I kēia manawa, ʻoiai ka pelekikena ʻAmelika e ʻimi ana e hoʻēmi i ka nui o kekahi mau kia hoʻomanaʻo pekelala o Maleka, ua hoʻomaka ka poʻe e noʻonoʻo no ka pono e hoʻēmi pū i ka nui o Papahānaumokuākea. Ma kēia pukana ʻo ʻĀhaʻi ʻŌlelo Ola, e lohe ʻia mai ka poʻe e noʻonoʻo ana e waiho ʻia ka palena ʻāina o Papahānaumokuākea i mea e kahu i nā kaiāola o laila a e lohe pū ʻia ka manaʻo o ka ʻoihana lawaiʻa ʻoiai lākou e ʻimi ana i ka manakia pono ʻia o ia wahi ma kahi o ka mālama kaʻawale ʻana.
When its borders were expanded under President Barack Obama in 2016, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument became the largest ecologically protected area on the planet – encompassing nearly 600,000 square miles. Today, with a number of national monuments facing the possibility of downsizing by the current administration, a conversation has begun about whether or not Papahānaumokuākea’s boundaries should change as well. In this episode of ʻĀhaʻi ʻŌlelo Ola, various groups weigh in about the impacts of downsizing on unexplored habitats in Papahānaumokuākea and Hawaiʻi’s fishing industry’s desire to promote proper management and conservation of such resources for the use of future generations rather than complete preservation.