From 1941-1994 the island of Kahoʻolawe was commandeered by the Navy for target practice during World War II. In 1976 nine protesters occupied it in an attempt to stop the shelling. One of the original protestors Dr. Noa Emmett Aluli established the Protect Kahoʻolawe Ohana who, in turn, championed a cause that eventually became the “heartbeat of a movement by native Hawaiians seeking self-determination.”
Today DAWSON continues to support the efforts of the Protect Kahoʻolawe Ohana by sending various employees to the island who help with revegetation and invasive species removal.
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