"We answered the call from the community to care for Wānanalua [the melon-headed whale]; it was not only our responsibility but it was our supreme honor and privilege to do so," Stewart told NBC News. "It is our hope that in telling our story we can move more collectively for an integrated model of care for Kanaloa[marine mammals and other ocean animals], perhaps a start of a great movement forward in affecting much needed and well overdue change within NOAA and how they navigate here in Hawai'i, where being a native Hawaiian cultural practitioner is not illegal."
Friday, August 26, 2016
Native Hawaiians Face Federal Charges for Sea Burial of Whale - NBC News
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