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President Bush Establishes Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument
President George W. Bush addresses invited guests in the East Room of the White House prior to signing a proclamation to create the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, Wednesday, June 15, 2006.The proclamation will bring nearly 140,000 square miles of the Northwestern Hawaiian Island Coral Reef Ecosystem under the nation's highest form of marine environmental protection. Mrs. Laura Bush joined the President and distinguished guests on stage, seated from left to right, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle; marine biologist Sylvia Earle; and documentary filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, Standing ,left to right, are U.S. Rep. Ed Case, D-Hawaii; U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii; U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. White House photo by Shealah Craighead

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