We promote responsible use and stewardship of Hawaii's ocean and coastal resources.
Ocean Awareness Training (OAT): OAT provides participants with a series of classroom training sessions and at least one field activity. After completing these activities, and a certification test, participants are eligible to receive a C.O.R.A.L. certification card (Care of our Culture, Oceans, Reefs and Animal Life).
Training topics: Training topics include Hawaiian reef ecology; marine protected species; marine life identification; and threats to coastal and marine environments (e.g., marine debris, runoff and pollution, alien species), as well as natural resource regulations and enforcement.
Program context: The various topics are woven together within the context of a native Hawaiian land management system– the ahupua‘a –that recognizes and honors the interconnectedness of land, man and sea. This roots the program in a local context and also puts an emphasis on helping participants make personal connections between their actions and the places, animals, and ocean issues presented throughout the class. Personal connections are further reinforced through a field-based class session where participants apply some of what they have learned in an aquarium, marine lab, or natural setting.