Wow! It was an exciting opportunity to be a part of the celebrations for the United Nations World Oceans Day hosted onboard the Peace Boat in New York City! Along with the dancers of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima o Nuioka and my fellow musicians, I proudly accepted the invitation to open the day’s festivities… preceding the opening keynote by “Her Deepness” Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Founder of Mission Blue. Highlights also included keynote speeches by Fabien Cousteau of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and Daniela Fernandez of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance.

It was a family-friendly day of activities to highlight local initiatives, mobilize youth for an interactive dialogue on why the ocean matters, and how to make a difference for our oceans. Each part of the program highlighted and encourage youth engagement in raising awareness of the benefits derived from the ocean and our individual and collective duty to interact with oceans with the overarching theme of “Gender and Oceans.”

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international NGO that promotes peace, human rights, and sustainability. Established in 1983, it holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN).