Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor for the Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi, Dr. Samuel M. ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa Gon visited several diverse ecological spots in Malaysia such as the Weston Wetlands, Tanjung Piai National Park as well as Gunung Ledang National Park and also shared his knowledge on conservation to a diverse group of Malaysians including those from academia, non-profit organizations, national park authorities, American Corners and others.
There was sizeable media interest as well on his insights into how to balance safeguarding the environment and having sustainable development. Dr. Gon in his 10-day stay in Malaysia visited the states of Sabah, Sarawak and Johor. His talks reached hundreds of key influencers and stakeholders. His visit not only created awareness but advocated for a comprehensive plan for safeguarding and charting out a sustainable environment that benefits all relevant local players. His public engagements also caught the attention of local media, which amplified his message to several thousand Malaysians.