Jean Michel Cousteau’s new film, Swains Island: One of the Last Jewels of the Planet, will premiere on Maui Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei. The film chronicles Cousteau’s 2013 visit to the remote atoll and island in American Samoa.
The small island, owned by the Jennings family for generations, shows signs of habitation for the past thousand years. The waters around Swains Island are now part of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.
The film is being presented by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region; Cousteau’s 2013 visit was led by ONMS leaders and scientists. The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Pacific Islands Region’s mission is to conserve, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural ocean heritage of the Pacific through its role as trustees for ONMS sites in the Pacific.
ONMS welcomes the public to the free event. The film begins at 6pm in the Kihei Conference Room at the Whale Sanctuary. No reservations are required. For more information, please contact Nancy Daschbach or Ka‘au Abraham at 808-879-2818.
Photo of Swains Island: USCG/Wikimedia Commons