Welcome to Mālama Hulē‘ia

coverpage Mālama Hulē‘ia is a voluntary non-profit organization dedicated to improving key parts of the Nawiliwili Bay Watershed on Kaua‘i by eliminating an alien and highly invasive plant species. This invasive plant – red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) – is attacking some of our most valuable assets in the watershed. Over the last 50 years, red mangrove has been changing native wildlife habitats in and along the Hulē‘ia River and destroying the Alekoko Fish Pond. We are working for a future when all of the red mangrove will be gone and all of our ‘ainakumuwai (watershed) can be made as productive as it once was.

This web site provides information about the Mālama Hulē‘ia organization, our history, motives, knowledge base, current projects and activities, and our vision for the future. If you agree with what we are doing, we welcome you to participate in and share our journey. Please visit our How to Help page. Mahalo.

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Volunteer Kauai Week

Malama Hule’ia will partner with Malama Kauai for one of the service options of the Volunteer Kauai Week. For this, our monthly workday will be held on Saturday April 29 from 2-5pm, instead of the regular 3rd Saturday morning.  A pot luck dinner with Malama Kauai volunteers will follow at the Kaiola Canoe Club.


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Emory Griffin-Noyes Joins MH

In the January 2017 Mālama Hulē‘ia Board of Directors meeting, Emory Griffin-Noyes was elected as a new Director. His term will run from 2017 until 2020. Belatedly, we welcome Emory to the MH Ohana.


Emory is great fit for Mālama Hulē‘ia. He was instilled early in his life with a love of nature, especially plants, by his grandmother as they tended her garden and collected likikoi for jam. He has pursed his passion of preserving the natural world through numerous restoration projects, seed banking efforts as well as the protection and promotion of endangered species on Kauai. Emory’s love of plants also extends to his collection of orchids and many species of native plants.

Professionally, Emory previously served as a native plant restoration project manager at the Limahuli Garden of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.  Currently, he is a Predator Control Technician with the Natural Areas Reserves System (NARS) of Hawaii DLNR. He is working to reduce invasive predatory vertebrates that feed on two species of endangered ground nesting seabirds, the Hawaiian petrel and Newell’s Shearwater.

Emory’s love of nature and expertise in both native plant restoration and predator control will be helpful in ensuring that Mālama Hulē‘ia follows best practices in all the conservation work needed to complement eradiaction of  red mangrove around the Hulē‘ia.

Welcome aboard, Emory.



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Weaving It All Together…Reviving Ecosystem Health and Traditional Hawaiian Resource Use

The work that Malama Hule`ia and so many community volunteers have done to get rid of the invasive mangrove and replant native vegetation really shined bright yesterday as we gathered with Kauai’s DOE Hawaiian Studies Kupuna and a group of Kauai weavers including master weaver Margaret Lovett.

Malama Hule`ia shared about our efforts in removing the mangrove and what we’ve learned in the process of restoring the area.  We all then learn the art of harvesting the prized weaving material, makaloa, one strand at a time.as well as how to prepare it for weaving. Not only is it a prized weaving material, it also serves as an excellent food source for the endangered koloa duck.

Malama Hule`ia director and Hawaiian Studies Kupuna, Sabra Kauka,  explained that this is the first time there has been a stand of makoloa significant enough to harvest from here on Kauai in her lifetime.

While we were learning this traditional cultural practice the Department of Aquatic Resources (DAR) were working on perfecting their technique for monitoring fish use at this restored marshland site.

With the data they are collecting we will be able to quantify the impacts of our restoration project in improving the native fishery over the next few years.  Having this kind of information should help to encourage and inform more of this type of community based ecosystem projects that revive traditional Hawaiian resources uses.


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Good Low Tide for Mangrove Removal 2/28/17

There will be an excellent minus tide in Nawiliwili Bay at 11.23am on 2/28/17.  This will be perfect for the  workday collaboration of Malama Huleia and the Kauai Invasive Species Committee to remove invasive red mangrove from the end of Niumalu Road.

Daily Tide Prediction graphical plot

The workday starts at 9:00am. We will have a lot of already cut mangrove to move into a roll-off bin. And as the tide drops, we can work on cutting more mangrove roots in the water. There will also be other work available in the Puali Wetland, where weeding of invasives is still needed.

Please join us. Meet at the Kaiola Canoe Club. Gloves, tools, water and lunch will be provided. Wear sturdy boots or shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.


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Volunteer Workday has Changed from Saturday Feb 18th to Tuesday Feb 28th – Hope you can make it!

We are changing our regularly scheduled volunteer workday in order to join in with the State of Hawaii which is hosting the 5th annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week (HISAW) from February 27th to March 3rd, 2017.

Join Malama Hule`ia and Kauai Invasive Species Committee – KISC

Tuesday February 28th at 9:00am

We’ll be working until lunch time and lunch will be provided!

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Community Work Day Sunday January 29th


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Happy New Year! January 29th Community Workday!

Happy New Year! Hope everyone is getting off to a good start in 2017. Our community volunteer workday schedule for the year is up.  We are continuing with our regularly scheduled 3rd Saturday’s (see the sidebar for dates) starting at 8:30am and ending with a lunch provided by Malama Hule`ia.

Except for January – it is being held on Sunday the 29th at 9:00am!

This month we are partnering with the Department of Education’s Nā Hopena A‘o (“HĀ”) Program. If you’ve been thinking of coming down for a workday, this is the one to come for! There will be a special emphasis on building a sense of self and community at the same time and raising awareness of the the six Nā Hopena Aʻo principles by connecting people with place. Here is a link: Nā Hopena A‘o (“HĀ”), to learn more about the DOE Hawaiian Education program we are partnering with for this upcoming community workday.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join – bring your family, bring a friend!


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