Dignitaries from around the world gathered under one roof Thursday at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center for the opening ceremony of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress.
This is the first time the conference has ever been held in the United States, and addresses numerous environmental conservation issues facing the planet.
“Island governments, national and sub-national, working together can lead the way to finding solutions to the most pressing problems of our planet,” said Gov. David Ige.
A Hawaiian chant and hula performance kicked off the first day of the 10-day conference, which wraps Sept. 10.
A reminder, there will be numerous closures in effect during the conference. View the complete breakdown here.