July 9, 2012 3:30pm, at the Office of the Governor, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law HB 2806 SD2 HD2 CD1 creating the Aha Moku Advisory Committee in the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Mahalo to all island representatives who came to witness the signing.
6 long years: Act 212, Act 39, and now Act 288, We did it! and now the work begins. (Act 288 here)
Governor Abercrombie shall select the representative who would serve as the Aha Moku Island Advisory representative for each island by December.
Mahalo, Aha Moku
The Aha Moku System
For more than 10 centuries, the Hawaiian system of natural resource management has been handed down in oral tradition and practice. It is based on the concept of `ahupua`a, the traditional land and ocean tenure system of Hawaii. There are five elements in the system of best practices for traditional management of Hawai`i’s natural and cultural resources:
- An adaptive management regulatory system; (diagram and excerpt from 2009 AKAC Final Report here)
- Codes of conduct, a non-regulatory process to support the regulatory system;(excerpt from 2009 AKAC Final Report here)
- Community consultation to insure management of resources benefits the people;
- Education to support natural and cultural resource management, and;
- Eligibility criteria to participate in resource management.
Eligibility criteria to participate in resource management is knowledge, recognized and verified by the community whose resources are being managed.