Native Hawaiian Climate Resilience Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Native Hawaiian Relations (ONHR) is establishing a program to help build capacity within the Native Hawaiian Community to increase resilience in the face of climate change.  

North Shore Oʻahu Coastal Flooding
Waves wash over Kamehameha Highway along the North Shore, Oʻahu.  PC: 4th National Climate Assessment, Chapter 27 Hawaii-Pacific Islands, USGCRP, 2018


Native Hawaiians have long recognized that culture and tradition connect people, families, and the lāhui to one another and to the lands, waters, and all living things that encompass Hawaiʻinuiākea and planet Earth. The moʻokūʻauhau (genealogies), moʻolelo, and kaʻao (traditions, histories, and stories) of Native Hawaiians detail many accounts of ancestral ingenuity and adaptation in the face of environmental change.  The Office welcomes the opportunity to join the Native Hawaiian Community in acknowledging our collective kuleana (responsibility) to learn, adapt, and act responsibly to ongoing environmental shifts in ways that will sustain our relationships to our planet, to our islands, to our communities, and with our families.  


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