President Obama is expanding a national monument off the coast of Hawaii in an effort to protect more than 7K species and improve the ecosystem's resiliency. The area off Hawaii will encompass 582,578 square miles of land and sea.

Obama expands protected waters off Hawaii, creating world's largest reserve via @usatoday

Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet, off Hawaii

Obama to Create World’s Largest Marine Reserve Off Hawaii

Obama expands Hawaii marine reserve in final push on climate via @Reuters

Obama to create world's largest protected marine area off Hawaii

Hawaii Is Now Home to an Ocean Reserve Twice the Size of Texas via @NatGeo

This is a good example of community activism. US Senator Brian Schatz and native leaders wrote to the president in June requesting this designation, and two public meetings were held in Hawaii early this month.