Restoring Kawainui Marsh
Want to help malama your aina? There's a gorgeous area in Kailua called the Na Pohaku o Hauwahine in Kawainui Marsh. It's a wetland habitat for the endangered alae ula, and a team from the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps is working to improve and enlarge it.
Other community volunteers are planting the 12 acres with native plants to recreate a dryland forest ecosystem. There are ancient Hawaiian terraces that align the massive rock outcrops which overlook the marsh.
Prominent environmentalist Chuck "Doc" Burrows, EdD, has led the charge for decades. "We, a Kailua community coalition group, did not get the $12 million NOAA Stimulus Package monies to restore 120 acres in the marsh, but we are continuing at a snail's pace for the past 10 years to restore the marsh. We are petitioning Senators Inouye and Akaka to come to our aide."
Besides the ongoing restoration work at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, volunteers also work at Ulupo Heiau, restoring the growing of taro down into the marsh. They have an annual fundraiser, the Ulupo Hoike. Monies raised go toward a student scholarship fund and the restoration fund for Kawainui Marsh.
Service projects are held the second Saturday of each month at Ulupo Heiau, and the third Saturday at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine.
BRING: Backpack, lunch, water, rain gear, mosquito repellent, gloves.
TOOLS: Sickles, pruners, handsaws, machete, hand cultivators.
CALL: Kaimi Scudder for more information and to sign-up: Phone: 808 593-0112 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org