Archives for March 2016

Roatan Marine Park—On Its Way to Autonomy

We love seeing communities come together to protect their coral reefs. The Roatan Marine Park (RMP) in Honduras is an inspiring example of how conservation efforts lead to great things. The success and growth they’ve shown are tremendous. Last year, CORAL invested in the sustainability of RMP with a $12,000 grant to hire a sustainable finance coordinator. The new position was designed to help them diversify income streams and build relationships within the private sector. The goal was to increase their capacity so they can expand to new areas of the island and continue to protect Roatan’s unique natural beauty. With the new coordinator, the RMP has grown its membership base by 40 percent—they’ve built stronger relationships with donors, businesses, and community members. They also helped create a U.S. 501(c)3, which allows them to fundraise in the United States. “A lot of visitors come here and want to make a tax-deductible … [Read more...]

The Coral Polyp and the Origin of Life

As a Hawaiian, I have a deep connection to the both the land and the sea. This stems not only from my personal love of nature but from my belief that all life is interrelated, a belief that drives my work with the Coral Reef Alliance. I learned this early through the Kumulipo, the Hawaiian creation chant that explains how life began, our shared genealogy. The ancient chant is more than two thousand lines, practiced, learned and shared over generations. The Kumulipo begins with cosmic darkness. O ke au i kahuli wela ka honua At the time when the earth became hot O ke au i kahuli lole ka lani At the time when the heavens turned about O ke au i kuka‘iaka ka la At the time when the sun was darkened E ho‘omalamalama i ka malama To cause the moon to shine O ke au o Makali‘i ka po The time of the rise of the Pleiades O ka walewale ho‘okumu honua ia The slime, this was the source of the earth O ke kumu o ka lipo, i lipo ai The … [Read more...]