MHS alumna heads marine sanctuary foundation – Maui News

The Maui News – Maui High alumna Tiare Turang Holm has been named Hawaii director of the nonprofit National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, which supports the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

The foundation made the announcement earlier this month; she will be responsible for managing the foundation’s work to support the monument and sanctuary.

Her background includes more than two decades managing conservation programs in Palau and the Pacific Islands region, working with government and nongovernment organizations at the local, regional and international levels, the news release said.

Previously, she served as executive director of the Palau Conservation Society, where her work led to the expansion of nationwide protected areas coverage and the Micronesia Challenge, a regionwide commitment to conserve marine and land resources, the news release said. She also served as founder and principal of Sustainable Decisions, a private firm that played a leading role in the establishment and management of the Palau Marine Mammal Sanctuary as well as the development of Palau’s national climate change policy.

She is a graduate of Maui High and the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a scuba diver and outrigger canoe coach.

“Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument are part of our nation’s conservation legacy,” said Kris Sarri, president and CEO of the foundation. “With 25 years of experience leading conservation teams, programs and organizations in the Pacific Islands region, Tiare is committed to marine protected areas and sanctuaries as a cornerstone for marine conservation.”

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