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T I G E R  S H A R K S

BIG ISLAND, HAWAI'I

~ KULEANA ~
TO ENCOURAGE SHARK CONSERVATION AND OCEAN STEWARDSHIP WITH A PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOGUE IDENTIFYING THE INDIVIDUAL TIGER SHARKS SIGHTED ON THE BIG ISLAND.
~TO EVOKE KULEANA IN THOSE WHO VISIT~

Hawaiians have a deep spiritual connection to the oceans. They believe the first human life grew from coral polyps as described in the Kumulipo creation chant, "Hānau ka ‘uku ko‘ako‘a, hānau kāna, he ‘ako‘ako‘a, puka." (Born was the coral polyp, born was the coral, came forth).

As we entertain ourselves on land and ocean, it is our kuleana (responsibility) to ensure that we are considerate to the animals that inhabit these areas. A peaceful and respectful mindset is needed when human activities intrude upon the natural world. Where responsibility is coupled with educated management, a harmony between the masses can exist. Being of higher intelligence, us humans must embrace this responsibility and ensure minimal impact to the natural environment.

"KULEANA" is an art piece created by National Geographic Conservation Artist, Asher Jay. It depicts nature's hopeful intention that her various living species can interact with respect to each other.

Us humans must be mindful of our impacts to nature to ensure her happiness.

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The catalogue is administered by Charlie Fasano - Hawaii Regional Director, Shark Research Institute

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