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The creation of the Ecosystem Penpals Program begun with the meeting of marine educators through the Papahānaumokuākea ‘Ahahui Alaka‘i (PAA) experiential leadership program. This experience in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument provided the inspiration for the Ecosystem Penpals environmental, cultural and natural history exchange program. The aim is to bring together students from communities adjacent to National Marine Sanctuaries within the Pacific – with one in the Hawaiian Islands (Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument). This project is a collaboration between the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology and Seattle Aquarium. Our goal is to foster awareness and understanding of local ocean and coastal ecosystems, facilitate cultural exchange between students in the Pacific Rim and use local ecosystems as a context for learning about traditional culture and the environment.
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We are currently looking for classrooms in both Hawai‘i and throughout the Pacific region to participate in our upcoming program. If you are interested or would like more information please email email@example.com or call (808) 235-9303.