All Pau: 2014 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Comes to an End
Throughout May we have been celebrating National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month through a series of posts, tweets, YouTube videos and Facebook posts from the national parks in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and Saipan. Although after today this year’s AAPI Heritage month will be Pau- done, over, finished- we encourage you to continue celebrating the contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to American society.
The pacific islands natural and cultural heritage is without parallel. It is both incredibly diverse, yet remarkably similar. Some currents that run through all the National Park Service sites in Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, and Saipan are:
- Dynamic volcanism, the islands are in many different stages of island development from fresh lava oozing into the ocean too old weathered landscapes that survived the ravages of time.
- Unique Biota, the island ecosystems from the multitudes of corals in the ocean, through rainforests, to the tops of 13,000+ ft mountains rare and endangered plants and animals thrive.
- Vibrant living cultures came to the islands and were changed by the nature of the land. These peoples are still here and in many cases, they are helping protect the natural environment as a way to ensure their survival as a people.
- WWII, all these islands saw significant historical events and consequences of a world at war. Direct memorials and commemoration on some sites, and the influences of these events etched on the land and its people in others.
The month of May is Pau, finished, but the stories continue. As we have done for the past five years, we will continue to offer insights into the natural and cultural legacies of our pacific islands in posts and updates on this site, on our YouTube channel, and on our various Facebook and Twitter sites (see right sidebar of this page for links). Remember, if you have questions or comments regarding our posts, be sure to share those with us.
Aloha, Talofa and Hafa Adai from the park rangers, scientists, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to helping YOU connect with YOUR National Parks in the Pacific Islands!