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.
Aloha mai kākou! Come join us this Friday, September 1st as we share moʻolelo and practice mālama ʻāina. We will be providing a pizza lunch and an introduction workshop of the Hawaiian healing practice of Lāʻau lapa au. RSVP recommended but not required at email@example.com. Hope to see you there! Aloha nō…
A quick note to let you all know that this week’s 3rd Saturday workday is being changed to be held on Friday September 1st. We will be posting more details about that soon. Mahalo~
Nearly an acre of invasive mangrove removed! Bringing us close to 4-acres restored. We have finished cutting the mangrove along Niumalu Road going all the way down to the point. Our next efforts will focus on planting with native vegetation and maintaining the Pu`ali wetland project area, all while laying the groundwork for moving up Hule`ia to Alekoko fishpond and the surrounding watershed. Thank you to all of our community volunteers for your continued hard work and support. We are looking forward to seeing many of you out at the site over the summer and fall. Please stay tuned for an updated schedule.
Last week we went into the Island School’s 7th grade classroom to talk about invasive species and ecosystem restoration and this week they came out for a hands-on learning experience…and some work! It is so great watching these young people connecting with nature.
We also had the pleasure of working with a team from Merriman’s Restaurant – they helped to load up the last BIG piles of cut mangrove to be hauled away and turned into much by our friends at Kauai Nursery and Landscape.
We are rescheduling this weekend’s work day, so no meet up on Saturday. Will post our next workday soon. Also, please let us know if you are interested in joining our volunteer team on a regular basis to help care for our restoration area or if you want to organize a group volunteer event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon!
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.