Past World Heritage Webinar

Celebrating 15 Years of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site

A Recording of this webinar can be found here

This webinar took place Thursday, August 19, 2021, 3 – 4 pm EDT (9 – 10 HST)

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is the largest conservation area in the United States and one of the largest in the world. In 2010, it was inscribed as a UNESCO Mixed World Heritage site, the only one in the country. Within this past year, Papahānaumokuākea celebrated many milestones including its 11th Anniversary as a World Heritage site and its 15th Anniversary as a Marine National Monument. Join us as we discuss the many reasons that Papahānaumokuākea remains an exemplary example of a mixed world heritage site recognized and managed for both its biological and cultural heritage to mankind. We will summarize some of the many accomplishments that have been afforded this vast site and focus on a few of the most recent examples of co-management and the integration of indigenous culture into co-management, with the Native Hawaiian community.


Athline M. Clark, NOAA Superintendent Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Athline Clark is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Superintendent for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  Prior to joining NOAA in 2015, Athline worked for a few years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Project Manager overseeing national priority projects in ecosystem restoration, watershed planning and flood reduction.  Athline also previously worked for the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, first as the Point of Contact for the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and later as the State Co-Manager for Papahānaumokuākea. During her time as Co-Manager, she led the team as the overall coordinator for the development of the United States of America’s successful nomination of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as a UNESCO World Heritage mixed site.  Athline has her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She was born and raised in Hawaii.

Kalani Quiocho, NOAA Pacific Islands Region Cultural Resource Coordinator

Kalani Quiocho serves as the Pacific Islands Regional Cultural Resources Coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Kalani supports cultural heritage and resources management for the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site.  He serves as a cultural advisor and coordinator for cultural heritage research, education, policy, and Indigenous and local community engagement. As the former Native Hawaiian Program Specialist for NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Kalani served as the primary lead for the development of the Mai Ka Pō Mai Native Hawaiian Guidance Document for the Management of Papahānaumokuākea. Kalani is Native Hawaiian and comes from the island of Hawaiʻi.

Image at top of page: Heiau (place of worship) at Mokumanamana, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site. Credit: Kekuewa Kikiloi.

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