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Earth, Sea, & Sky

He lani ko luna, he honua ko lalo

A sky above, the earth (and the sea) below and all that is encompassed therein.

Sharing the wonder of earth, sea and sky we encourage an understanding of our place within the cosmos and our influence upon the environment, supporting responsible stewardship for the benefit of future generations.

Foundation for Collaboration

Guided by our host culture, we take the values that Hawaiians held in regard to the Ahupua‘a (segment of land, from top of the mountain to the sea) that connected the land to sea, and the skies.  Actively engage young people in understanding the connections between earth, sea and sky by understanding marine sanctuaries; protected areas; terrestrial, atmospheric and cosmic and astronomical topics; and topics on Hawaiian culture, language, and history, when such efforts would benefit public education and interpretation.

Partners in the Earth, Sea, and Sky program 

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Established in 1916 HVNP is a Federal resource with a long and well established history with outreach and environmental education focusing on the ‘aina, or the land that is created here through volcanic activity.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere.  Through the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in downtown Hilo (opened in 2003) educates the visitors and small school groups about humanity’s impact on the kai, or the marine environment.


‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii

(‘Imiloa – opened 2006) is a federal and state funded organization affiliated with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo that strives to teach visitors about astronomy through a Hawaiian world view, emphasizing the research done at the summit of the sacred Maunakea.  It provides a place- based experience within the host culture of Hawai‘i to share the importance of the understanding our place within na lani, the heavens.