AME CTO Richard Pyle joined a group of scientists, Hawaiian Cultural experts, conservationists and others to meet with Hawai’i Governor David Y. Ige, to help persuade him to support the movement to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The meeting was very productive, and represents an important step towards persuading President Obama to expand the Monument out to the full 200-mile EEZ. Participants included Nainoa Thompson (Polynesian Voyaging Society), William Aila (Department of Hawaiian Home Lands), Kekuewa Kikilo (Hawai’inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge), Matthew Rand, Robert Toonen (behind Rand), Douglas McCauley, Jay Carpio (Maui Nui Marine Resource Council)>, Capt. Rick Gaffney, Sheila Sarhangi (Strategic Communications Consultant), Marti Townsend (Sierra Club of Hawai’i), and others. Representatives from the State included Governor Ige, Suzanne Case (Department of Land and Natural Resources), and Bruce S. Anderson (Division of Aquatic Resources).