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Hawaiian science is all about malama 'aina

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Why does Hawai‘i march?

The March for Science, Hawai'i is focused on the role of science in each of our lives.

<strong>Island hopping. </strong> If you're fortunate enough to be in Hawai'i on Earth Day, you've got four March for Science sites to choose from: Hilo, Honolulu, Lihue, and Maui. Courtesy March for Science, Hawai'i.

We recognize and acknowledge the vast accumulated knowledge of the forbearers of this place with regards to geosciences (earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences), systems ecology, and sustainability.

Their values (malama ʻāina = caring for that which feeds us; lokahi = balance; kuleana = responsibility) permeate our local culture and guide the way we believe science should be practiced.

We seek to create a space where diverse experiences are invited and included. We support public policy based on fact-based information, and defend the freedom of speech so that scientific discovery can be shared with everyone. 

Why support science?

1. Science generates knowledge: Scientific investigations help us understand the world around us by studying the basic processes of Earth as a planet, the life that inhabits it, and beyond Earth to the stars.

2. Science generates tools: Scientific innovation has vastly improved our food security, environmental quality, human health, conservation of species and ʻāina. It also provides the amazing technology that we hold in our hands, use to communicate, and build healthy communities.

3. Science generates economy: Science as an industry creates jobs and serves as an engine for economic growth, which is essential for progress, ingenuity, and the prosperity of our nation.

<strong>Pacific playground.</strong> When you live in a paradise like Hawai'i, it's not difficult to find reasons to march for science. Courtesy March for Science, Hawai'i.

Working on cures for cancer, tracking hurricanes and sea level rise, leading innovation in robotics, creating sustainable energy sources, stopping the spread of invasive species, and trying to save coral reefs, local scientists strive to make our lives better.

Science research in Hawai‘i aims to improve the lives of our island community.

Why do we march?

Our personal commitments to the March for Science come from the same place as many others': A realization that science needs a voice.

For several decades, legislative decision-making has been moving away from the use of evidence-based knowledge in public policy, and this unfortunate trend appears to be accelerating.

Therefore, it is time for everyone that supports science to have their voice be a voice for science. To ensure that public policy is based on evidence, and that scientists are free to share scientific discoveries with everyone.

<strong>Aloha!</strong> Take the time to say hello and get know your congressional representatives. Nurturing these relationships is a good way to protect science. Courtesy March for Science, Hawai'i.

What do we hope the march will change?

Like many people, we have not yet spent the time and energy to create personal relationships with our representatives – neither as citizens nor as a scientists.

The March for Science is helping locate our people, a community of science advocates, so that we may all be inspired and motivated to forge a true relationship with people that are often just faces and biographies when we vote.

We want to start local and speak to our community representatives about the importance of science, knowledge, and evidence in policy decisions.

And in return, we will support them as elected representatives as they move up to state and federal government.

~ Elisha M. Wood-Charlson

~ Rosie Alegado

~ Helen Spafford

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Visit the Lihue, Kauai March for Science Facebook page.

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