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.
Secretary Jewell to Deliver Keynote Address at Native Hawaiian Convention
Last edited 4/27/2016
HONOLULU, HI – On Wednesday, September 4, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will deliver the keynote address at the 12th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention in Honolulu, HI.
In her remarks, the Secretary will underscore the importance of Native Hawaiian issues within Interior, and the special oversight role the Department has for the Native Hawaiian community. Immediately following the event, Jewell will participate in a brief media availability.
The Convention is considered one of the largest gatherings of Native Hawaiian organizations, leaders, policy makers, cultural practitioners, and community members from across the state. Activities include discussions on health, policy, philanthropy and civic engagement.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Keynote address at 12th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention Media availability to follow
Hawai‘i Convention Center
1801 Kalākaua Avenue
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
12:30 p.m. HST
Credentialed members of the media who wish to attend are encouraged to RSVP here.