Talk focuses on ‘The Coral Pledge’


Maui Nui Marine Resource Council invites the public to a free talk at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at The Sphere at Maui Ocean Center to learn about the “The Coral Pledge,” a new initiative to reduce human impacts on Hawaii’s reefs year-round.

The presenter will be Dan Dennison, senior communications manager for the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The Coral Pledge was created by the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources and was introduced statewide earlier this month.

The presentation will include details about the pledge and will feature a showing of “Saving Coral,” a half-hour television special created by DLNR to educate the public about threats to Hawaii’s coral reefs. Dennison will also provide updates on “30 x 30,” which is a State of Hawaii commitment to effectively manage 30 percent of Hawaii’s nearshore ocean waters by 2030.

At the conclusion of the evening, Maui Ocean Center will also provide a special holiday treat for attendees: a viewing of the movie “Humpbacks of Hawaii” to be shown in 3D.

While admission is free, seating at The Sphere is limited and reservations are advised by visiting bit.ly/coralpledge.

“The Coral Pledge provides a simple set of recommendations to help reduce human impacts to Hawaii reefs year-round, but particularly during bleaching events,” says Dennison. “While all ocean users can learn from the recommendations in The Coral Pledge, we especially encourage commercial tour operators and businesses who work in and around the ocean, and who regularly interact with visitors, to attend to learn about The Coral Pledge and hopefully to sign up to participate in this initiative.”

Dennison brings four decades of journalism experience to his job. Prior to joining DLNR in 2014, he served as news director at six top-rated television stations in four states, including KHON2 and KHNL/K5. Dennison began his news management career in his native Colorado after being a television reporter and photographer for 25 years covering western Colorado for Denver television stations. He has multiple Emmy awards, state broadcaster association awards, and Edward R. Murrow awards, both as a reporter and news director.

At DLNR, Dennison is solely responsible for the production of more than 1.000 videos to date, including seven television specials which have aired on Hawaii television.

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council hosts free public presentations on the first Wednesday of each month, as part of its “Know Your Ocean Speaker Series.” However, the Dec. 9 presentation will replace its regularly scheduled meeting for December.

Maui Ocean Center is donating the use of The Sphere to Maui Nui Marine Resource Council for this presentation. This new facility features theater seating and state-of-the-art video equipment with a large presentation screen.


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