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Aloha from Hawaii,

At 9:30am Tuesday July 8th I visited the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument(PMNM) in downtown Hilo.  The visitors center for the PMNM was pretty amazing and informative, and it is hard to believe that right in downtown Hilo, next to restaurants and shops is this great resource to explore for FREE!

The PMNM is astonishing, and something to be proud of when politicians actually listen to scientists and do the right thing for nature.  It is a marine reserve that stretches for over 1500 miles in the pacific ocean from the edge of Hawaii all the way to Midway Island.  The PMNM is similar to a National Park, except it is on the ocean, and humans are forbidden from fishing, hunting, and even staying in the area.  It is a way to preserve nature the way it was meant to be, without any human intervention.

The reserve helps to maintain the rich biodiversity of both ocean and land going organisms in the pacific area, and the monument does a great job of informing the public about its great benefits.  It made me proud to walk around and read all of the important information and realize that almost everything I saw, was in one way shape or form covered in my Environmental Science course.  It is one thing to learn about it, but it is entirely different to see it in action.

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