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Born is the Coral Polyp, A Creation Story from Hawai’i


Malia K. Evans, NOAA’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Wai’anae, Hawai’i Emerging from the deep darkness was the tiny coral polyp, the first life form born in the Kumulipo, a Hawaiian creation story. The 2,100 line chant establishes and reaffirms the family relationships Native Hawaiians maintain to the natural environment, to each other and to our…

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USS Monitor: Heavy Metal on the High Seas

Tane Casserley, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary in Newport News, VA Situated 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary protects the shipwreck of the famed Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor. Over the last 45 years, NOAA has been honoring the men of USS Monitor, its legacy with…

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Stories in the Stone: Archaeology in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Malia Evans, NOAA’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawai’i Take a journey to the most isolated archipelago in the world to learn how ancestral Hawaiians shared ecological and cultural observations and knowledge across time and space. This presentation and hands-on activity will explore the stones of this storied landscape, and the oral traditions and…

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