We have previously written about the proposed regulation changes by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to limit human-dolphin interaction in and around the islands of Hawai’i.
The first of many community based meetings began in Octob2016 and soon thereafter the Hawai’i Dolphin Initiative was birthed. This is an ongoing initiative. Initially, the focus was on creating a Culture of Collaboration and Respect among all stakeholders. The platinum rule “Treat others as THEY would like to be treated” was embraced.This enabled everyone to speak openly without fear of being judged or criticized.
The most active core of stakeholders were those that have a deep affinity towards dolphins, many with a financial stake in the ongoing ability to interact with dolphins. This core group was then expanded to include Native Hawaiians and DLNR, the authorities charted with enforcing existing regulations. Respect expanded to most stakeholders.
The Community IS coming together despite the occasional setback. Respect is winning over adversarial behavior. And the “Irresistible Agreement” is taking form.
There is now a website containing a wealth of information. Go to http://www.hawaiidolphininitiative.org. When you scroll down to the bottom of the home page there are options to their Facebook Group; Join their Mailing List; Donate through GoFundMe; and participate in a Survey for dolphin sightings.
If you desire on-going information regarding this topic, be sure and join their mailing list.
* Photo-art by Founder, Terra Farrar.