National Monument Considered for Initial Nomination to World Heritage

NORTHWESTERN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS (KHNL) -- The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are being recognized for their significant natural and cultural resources on a national and international scale.

The National Park Service announced Wednesday its proposal to nominate Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument as one of two inital U.S. nominations to the World Heritage List.

"We are honored to be considered as one of the first sites to be nominated for World Heritage status by the United States in more than 15 years," said Athline Clark, State Superintendent for the Monument.  "We hope our many supporters will take the time to encourage the National Park Service to nominate Papahanaumokuakea."

Out of the 14 U.S. sites eligible to be considered for nomination to the World Heritage List, Papahanaumokuakea is the only site nominated for both its cultural and natural resources.