Wali came and went without disturbing Niumalu very much. It did, however, disturb our mangrove clearing work schedule, and we really need to make up for that. If you can spare the time, please kokua. We will be working the Mālama Hulē‘ia project site from 8:30 AM to noon. Then we break for lunch and a Steering Committee meeting.
There will be a low tide Sunday morning, so the land should be dryer than it was last Sunday, when the ‘alae‘ula and cattle egrets had the place for themselves:
Hazardous Weather Conditions
Due to the heavy rain expected, today’s mangrove clearing is rescheduled until next Sunday, 7/27/14. If you can make it then, please join us. There is much red mangrove and other invasive plants that remain at our Niumalu project site, and we can use all the help we can get. Mahalo to all who helped yesterday.
Hula dancers came from California, Washington, Virginia, and parts of Kauai to attend the 2014 World Hula Conference, as well as to spend some quality in Niumalu with Mālama Hulē‘ia. After helping to pull out the Indian fleabane weeds, and replanting with ʻaeʻae, ʻākulikuli, ʻahu ʻawa, , kīpūkai, and ʻuki, the dancers feasted on an ono lunch featuring Calvin Ho’s kalo poki. Then everyone got into a couple of double hull canoes and paddled up the Hulē‘ia to see first hand the harm that red mangrove is doing to our river and the ‘Alekoko fish pond.
Mahalo nui loa to the 21 hula dancers who demonstrated great aloha ‘āina by helping our project. Mahalo also to Calvin and Katherine Ho for coordinating and making this event possible.
Mahalo to all the volunteers that helped mālama wai and mālama ‘aina this past weekend (June 21 & 22, 2014).
Our big objective for the weekend was to clear all the mangrove in the Pū‘ali Stream mauka of the one lane Niumalu Road bridge. There were only a few trees there, but they were well anchored in the stream, and the task of taking them out turned out to be much harder than anticipated. But thanks to the persistent efforts of core workers Buddy, Steve, Jan, and Carl, as well as the pulling power of Jan’s 4 wheel drive truck with trailer hitch, we accomplished our goal. Just in time too, because one of the trees was full of propagules (baby trees) that would have spread the infestation further. This completes one important segment of the areas we have targeted for mangrove eradication in phase 2 of our project. It is important because it involves working directly with a private land owner for the first time. We are grateful to George Costa and Mizutani family for allowing us to work on their property.
While some of us were working in the stream, others were taking care of the land on the park side of the road. Joe Currameng had a brush cutter whining at full speed as he cut down the giant guinea grass stream side of the park. Pepe was in the mud and mangrove taking down some big trees. On Saturday, volunteers Sheena Wise and Nadia Kaley took care of picking up and carrying mangrove branches and roots to the bin. And on Sunday volunteers Noelani and Lehia Pomroy, Cory Dotario and family, Derek Kessler and family and co-workers from Keoki’s Paradise, Kimi and Rush Akeo, all took on the hard job of transporting the cut stuff to the chipper, which was manned as usual by Yosh.
The end result of all this effort is a wide open space between the mangrove and our boardwalk. And since this area is flooded by every high tide, removal of the cut material has become very challenging. We may need another visit by the menehune to move the boardwalk again. Or we may need to extend the boardwalk and cut further down toward the Small Boat Harbor Point.
Mahalo also to those who generously took care of keeping us fueled: Pomai and Amber Kane and Sam Chapin on Saturday, and Barbara Prige and Aunty Apaka on Sunday. Needless to say, there was way more ono food and drink than we could consume.
Menehune learned about the weeds that were blocking our access to the mangrove on the Pū‘ali Stream and came to our rescue. Overnight the guinea grass was cut and a path was cleared all the way to the stream. We are now good to go for the weekend. We can attack the mangrove along the Pū‘ali, and will work on both sides of the Niumalu Road bridge.
Plenty rain make plenty weeds in your yard? We got choke weeds too. Looks like we have to whack some weeds just to get to the mangrove that we really want to whack. The high tides are not helping too, because they are keeping the ground pretty wet.
So it is going to be a great weekend this June 21 and 22 when we attack the alien and invasive grass and mangrove at our Niumalu site along the Puali Steam. If you and your friends or ohana want to do something for the ‘aina, we can use all the help we can get. We will start at 8:30 AM both days. Be prepared to play dirty. Wear tabis or rubber boots, or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Also recommended are a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. We will supply gloves and tools. Meet at the Kaiola Canoe Club hale.