For Immediate Release
March 2, 2007
Fact Sheet: Fulfilling the President's Vision for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument
Mrs. Bush's Remarks at the Announcement of the Native Hawaiian Name for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument
Today, Mrs. Laura Bush will announce the Native Hawaiian name of the
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. On June 15, 2006,
the President established the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National
Monument and committed to giving it a native Hawaiian name. Mrs. Bush will
announce the new name, Papah naumoku kea Marine National Monument, in a
ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii, accompanied by Governor Linda Lingle and
native Hawaiian elders.
The name (pronounced Pa-pa-ha-now-mo-ku-ah-kay-uh) comes from an ancient
Hawaiian tradition concerning the genealogy and formation of the Hawaiian
Mrs. Bush Is Furthering The President's Commitment To Good Stewardship Of
Our Natural Resources. On March 1, Mrs. Bush visited the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument to increase public awareness of
one of this Nation s most exceptional marine ecosystems. The Monument
represents the largest single conservation area in our Nation s history and
the largest protected marine area in the world. This area contains 2.7
million acres of coral reef, 14 million nesting seabirds, and 250 fish
species; in total, it includes about 7000 species, a quarter of which exist
nowhere else on Earth.
- While visiting the remote archipelago, Mrs. Bush toured Midway
Atoll, viewed the bird population, participated in conservation activities,
and toured historic buildings significant to the Battle of Midway.
The President's FY08 Budget Supports Continued Protection Of The Region.
The President's ocean budget builds on progress made in implementing his
Ocean Action Plan of 2004.
The President's budget includes an additional $2.9 million for the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service to address management needs in the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) as well as for infrastructure priorities on Midway
- The ocean initiative, which represents $143 million in new funding over the
President's FY07 request, also includes $8 million for the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration for management and enforcement activities at
the Marine National Monument.
Our Duty Is To Use The Land and Seas Wisely. Americans are united in the
belief we must preserve our natural heritage and safeguard the environment
around us for future generations. This belief is affirmed with the
President's establishment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine
National Monument, and through other conservation efforts:
- Marine Debris Removal. Marine debris, including derelict fishing
gear and plastics, continue to affect our marine ecosystems and the living
resources that inhabit them. In 2006, NOAA picked up 21 tons of marine
debris in the NWHI, totaling 563 tons between 1996 and 2006. In addition
to marine debris modeling and research efforts to successfully predict
debris location and movements, the President's FY08 budget includes
$590,000 for debris removal in the NWHI. But work is needed to address the
sources of marine debris, including at the international level.
- Centennial Parks Initiative. In celebration of the 90th
anniversary of the National Park Service, President Bush directed the
creation of specific performance goals and select signature projects and
programs to enhance our National Parks during the decade leading up to
their 2016 centennial celebration. This provides unique opportunities to
leverage government investments, private philanthropy, and technology to
connect visitors coming to the main Hawaiian Islands, the USS Arizona
Memorial, and Pearl Harbor to the history of Midway Atoll and America s
Victory in the Pacific along with the natural and cultural treasures in the
Papah naumoku kea Marine National Monument.
- World Heritage Status. The State of Hawaii, working with its
Federal partners, is finalizing its application for the Monument to be
placed on the United States tentative list for possible World Heritage
Status site nomination in 2009. The Papah naumoku kea Marine National
Monument embodies World Heritage and American ideals of stewardship of
natural and cultural heritage in an area of national significance and is an
ideal candidate to become a World Heritage site.
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