Mālama Hulē‘ia is a project of the Kaiola Canoe Club aimed at eradicating red mangrove from the Hulē‘ia River and Watershed on the Island of Kaua‘i, State of Hawai‘i. In Hawai‘i, red mangrove is an alien and invasive plant species that spreads rapidly and pervasively, completely dominating riparian areas and adjoining wetlands, altering the natural habitats of wildlife and ruining important historical and cultural sites that it overgrows.
Demonstration site next to the Niumalu Beach Park (outlined)
The Alekoko Fishpond, 2012, with the Hulē‘ia River barely visible on its left and the Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge at the far end on the right.
For the years 2013 through 2014, Kaiola Canoe Club received two one year grants from NOAA and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to start the mangrove eradication at a demonstration site next to the Kaua‘i County Niumalu Beach Park. In addition to funding mangrove eradication and native plant restoration, the grants provide for building community support and partnerships for long term stewardship of the area. Mālama Hulē‘ia is following suggestions from the community to make the demonstration site into a place for environmental and cultural education for local youth.
Beyond the one year grant-funded project, the mission of Mālama Hulē‘ia is to clear red mangrove from the entire Hulē‘ia River valley and estuary, and restore all cleared areas to native vegetation. Ultimately, the areas to be restored should include the culturally precious ‘Alekoko (or Menehune) fishpond. Our vision is that the entire ‘Ainakumuwai Hulē‘ia will one day be revitalized and as productive as it once was.
Aloha mai ʻoukou pākahi!
On behalf of Mālama Hulēʻia, I wanted to mahalo all of you who took the time to help us celebrate the completion of Phase 1 this past Friday evening! Despite the torrential rains earlier in the day, we managed to stay dry, partake in some ono home cooking, laugh and acknowledge all of you that have brought us successfully into Phase 2! Those that attended also took home our new Mālama Hulēʻia t-shirts! If you have volunteered and have not received a shirt, please respond to this email, so we can make sure you get one!
Lastly, please MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our upcoming work days: MARCH 15th and 16th. NUNUI KA HANA, because of all the rain storms and our cancelled work days in Feb. we will have A LOT of work to do!! Your kokua will be greatly appreciated!!! If you can make it, please respond to this email. I will be sending you a follow up reminder sometime next week.
Me ka mahalo a nui,
Community Outreach Manager
In spite of the threatening weather reports, we had dry skies and a strong showing by some of our most valued supporters in the celebration of Mālama Hulē‘ia’s first successful year. The event on Friday evening, February 21, was to thank all who volunteered to help our project over the course of the year, and we gave a T-shirt with the new Mālama Hulē‘ia logo in appreciation.
The celebration started with an oli composed by Malia Chun for the occasion:
Ke Kahe o Hulēʻia
Ke unu mai nei o Aiaoli
The Aiaoli wind stirs
Ma ka malu ‘olu’olu o ka me’enui
In the refreshing shade of the hero (Kawelo)
Kū kilakila ‘O Kalanipu’u
Kalanipuʻu stands majestically
Ma ka ‘ehu kai o Nāmakaokahaʻi
In the sea breeze of Nāmakaokahaʻi
ʻEkuʻeku ke kama a Kaliuwaʻa
The child of Kaliuwaʻa (Kamapuaʻa) uproots the earth
Pākele aku ka wahine ʻai honua
The woman who consumes earth (Pele) escapes
Ka ʻāina pulapula o Haʻikū
The fruitful/abundant land of Haʻikū
Ma luna o nā ulu hōkūonālani
Under the constellations (Hōkūʻula, Hōkūlei, Hōkūlei)
Kukulu ka paia, Hōpoe ka lehua!
Build the wall (lokowai) and the lehua (Kalālālehua) will fully bloom
After Mason’s pule, we had a great meal featuring Pepe’s mystery wok, roasted teri chicken, hapa rice and green salad; Lorna’s Portuguese bean soup; Karen’s colorful fruit salad; and a big haupia birthday cake. Fahy’s fresh fruit puolus also decorated all the tables.
Special awards for Super Volunteer of the Year went to Tom Lodico, Mark Hubbard, Lorna Poe, Charlie Cobb-Adams and Sam Chapin. The awards were milo bowls hiding within freshly cut milo stumps.
We would like to recognize Jo-Ann Yukimura and Gary Hooser for taking time from their busy County Council schedules (together with Mason Chock) to show their support and help us celebrate. And County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar came straight from the airport to give support.
We also owe thanks to all the Mālama Hulē‘ia team members who helped to bring together the celebration.
Come and help us celebrate the successful completion of Mālama Hulē‘ia’s first year. There will be plenty of food and entertainment. Check out this flyer:
MH Paina 2_21_14
Here are some accomplishments of our first year:
- Received NOAA/HCF Community Restoration Partnership grant.
- Hired two great project managers.
- Published an informative website and a Facebook page.
- Formed partnerships with over 40 organizations in our community.
- Held 24 days of mangrove clearing and native replanting in our Pu’ali / Niumalu demonstration site.
- Recruited over 500 persons who contributed almost 2600 hours of volunteer work to help with the field work.
- Received much more volunteer help in non-field work support.
- Manually cleared mangrove and replanted one acre and 440 feet of shoreline.
- Obtained a second NOAA/HCF grant to continue our work on the demonstration site for a second year.
- Received financial support from community members allowing us to plan long term for eradication of mangrove from the whole Hule’ia watershed.
This is just the first of many more celebrations to come. But you do want to be part of the first.
U.S. National Weather Service Alerts for Lihue, HI
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
Now – Sunday, Feb 16, 9:45am
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… THE ISLAND OF KAUAI IN KAUAI COUNTY
* UNTIL 945 AM HST
* AT 636 AM HST…A GAGE ON HANALEI RIVER SHOWED A RAPID RISE IN WATER LEVEL FROM HEAVY RAIN MOVING ACROSS THE EASTERN PORTION OF KAUAI. RAIN GAGE AT KAPAA REPORTED RAIN RATE OVER 2 INCHES PER HOUR IN THE PAST COUPLE OF HOURS.
* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO ENTIRE ISLAND OF KAUAI.
Finally, we have an official image to go by. Mahalo to Jackie Kanna for her expert design services.
Troop 148 came back to Niumalu to work on their Environment merit badges. Dr Carl Berg directed the studies. Here’s his summary:
Had these Environment merit badge scouts down at Niumalu yesterday. They set out quadrants and counted # of species in pond (1 species), mangrove (1 species) and then at edge of park down by bridge (5 species).
Here are the boys from Troop 148 to whom we owe a big Mahalo: Chace Baliaris, Michael Perry, Kamalei Berg, Chandler Martinez, Maceo Cantu, Zekiah Hunt, Mason Martinez, Destrey Shibuya, Bryce Yoshida and Davris Mahuka. Great job working in the mud and replanting grass, guys!
Thanks also to Devi Berg for the pictures.