About Makai Watch
Puakō Makai Watch is a community-based program to observe changes and activities on the shoreline. The statewide Makai Watch program focuses on education, observation, and compliance. Through Makai Watch, community members are directly involved in management actions of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The Makai Watch approach is based on the idea that people who use, deal with, or live closest to the natural and cultural resources are in the best position to help in understanding the nature of the area. Community members are the ‘eyes and ears’ that look out for their resources, and their direct involvement reduces inappropriate uses of those resources. The concept is not new, but is a modern reflection of the Hawaiian system of ahupua’a (mountain to sea) management practices by the people and led by konohiki (caretakers) and the aha councils (groups of experts). This system recognizes that the people who use a resource ultimately are responsible for its long-term health.
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