Teaching the World a New Approach to Conservation

Roy Kodani
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Samuel ‘Ohu Gon III, is a respected master Hawaiian chanter and a conservation biologist. The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii recognized him as a Living Treasure of Hawaii in 2014 for his work in biocultural conservation — melding Hawaiian culture with conservation. Like many people of Hawai‘i, Gon is a man of mixed ancestry. He is about half Japanese, and learned that he is also Chinese, Hawaiian and Native American, according to a recent DNA analysis.

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