Global Futures Laboratory

ʻĀkoʻakoʻa Program

ʻĀkoʻakoʻa Program

Learn more about your impact

Coral reefs are the most vulnerable ecosystems on the planet. In Hawaiʻi they are under threat from warming oceans, from coastal pollution, and from over-fishing. To tackle this degradation, the ʻĀkoʻakoʻa Program’s mission is to empower communities of West Hawaiʻi Island with the best available science to restore their interconnected relationship with their coral reefs. This mission is realized through the cohesive integration of culture, science, education, and government, each playing a crucial role in rejuvenating West Hawaiʻi's marine ecosystems. Learn more about this program at

With such multi-faceted threats facing our reefs, the ʻĀkoʻakoʻa program needs people of every skill and background to make change. Whether you are a lifelong member of the community, a visitor to the island, or a supporter from afar, your passion is needed.

Impact of Donor Support

Because of you:

  • Pivotal decisions are put into action. The current threats facing West Hawaiʻi's Coral Reefs require a holistic transformation. Your gift accelerates wide-reaching, collaborative work in the community and in the government to scale reef restoration.
  • More communities live happier, healthier lives. Your support advances culturally informed community outreach, reef-positive policies, technologies and research along the coastline.
  • A sustainable future for Hawaiʻi is possible. You support the coral reef restoration operations for an empowered generation of reef guardians.

Coral reefs on the West Hawaiʻi coastline are at a crucial tipping point. If we act now and harness the best available science in reef restoration, we can ensure that future generations enjoy their brilliance and beauty.”

Gregory P. Asner

founder and director of the ʻĀkoʻakoʻa Program