Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The 2016 guide identifies Federal program and grant opportunities in health, housing, education, and labor for which members of the Native Hawaiian Community and Native Hawaiian organizations may apply. The guide was developed in partnership with Papa Ola Lōkahi, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), and the Native Hawaiian Education Council.
Federal Offices of Likely Interest to Hawaiians
U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI Fund) 601 13th St. NW, Suite 200 South Washington, DC 20005 www.cdfifund.gov
U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Economic Development Administration Office of the Representative for the State of Hawaii Federal Building, Room 5180 300 Ala Moana Boulevard P.O. Box 50264 Honolulu, HI 96850 (808) 541-3391 http://www.eda.gov/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems Division of Health Center Management Southwestern Operations Branch (301) 594-0820 http://www.hrsa.gov/
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services NRCS Fed Preservation Officer (202) 720-4912 The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service http://www.csrees.usda.gov/
U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Native Hawaiian Relations 1849 C Street, NW (3543) Washington, D.C. 20240 (202) 513-0712