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The Conversation: Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Ocean Outlook; Pu’ukoholaHeiau; Taking Action After World Conservation Congress

The Future of Our Oceans: Dr. Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle

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Sylvia Ealre on Midway Atoll

  For anyone connected with marine preservation, the work of Dr Sylvia Earle is inextricably linked with the movement that has brought ocean conservation to where it is now. Dr. Earle is the author of more than 200 publications and has led more than 100 expeditions with over 7,000 hours underwater. She is the founder of ocean research related companies and foundations - and she has been in love with the ocean for just about as long as she can remember. As the IUCN World Conservation Congress is soon to close, we asked her for her take on what has come out of the Congress.

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New National Parks Study of Pu’ukohola Heiau: Elaine Jackson-Retondo

Elaine Jackson-Retondo

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Pu’ukohola Heiau

  Hawaii Island Kohala born Ali’iKamehameha was told by a Kahuna that he was destined for greatness if he completed a monumental task: He was to build a massive LuakiniHeiau, sacred to his War God K?ka’ilimoku. If done, his vision of conquering the Hawaiian Islands and uniting them under his rule would come true. He did, and it did. In 1790-1791, thousands of Kamehameha’s men passed stones by hand in human chains stretching up to 14 miles from the Heiau site at the Hill of the Whale, Pu’uKohol?. When they had finished, a massive stone platform 224 by 100 feet commanded the hill, about a mile from Kawaihae. And current investigations are revealing even more about this Kapu place.

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Taking Action after World Conservation Congress: Inger Anderson

Inger Anderson

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Inger Andersen

  As the IUCN World Conservation Congress moves into its final days, members are continuing to comment on the work the Congress has produced. Early today, Director general Inger Andersen joined us in our studio to look back over the course of this Congress and put it into the long and short term context.  We talked first about an issue at the heart for many in Hawaii, as it is around the world, the rights of indigenous peoples to steward their natural resources amid the tension of economics and politics

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