The Hanapaʻa Project was established in remembrance of the late Korey Wong, a recent graduate of the Global Environmental Science (GES) program and a treasure to all who knew him. Hanapaʻa means to "secure or fasten," a word to remind us of the values and beliefs Korey stood for regarding protecting Hawaiʻiʻs resources.
We are inaugurating the Hanapa’a Project together with the Department of Oceanography, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The word hanapa’a can be used in Korey’s favorite activity of fishing or interpreted in a more figurative way. The word resonates for us. We want to secure what Korey stood for.