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.
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!
Aloha Mālama Hulē‘ia Supporters! This Saturday (10/15) is our volunteer workday. It would be great have some helping hands so please come on down. We start at 8:30 and go until lunch time and lunch is provided. This workday we will be pulling keiki mangrove and useing hand tools (loppers) to cut roots from around the rocks down at the end of Niumalu Road. We may also do some planting. Drop me a note firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend so I know to look out for you. Mahalo~Sara
Dedication Ceremony Niumalu Beach Park
10:30am Kuahu & Opening Ceremony
10:45am Welcome – Mayor Bernard Carvalho
10:55am Malama Hule‘ia – Overview, accomplishments, vision for future
11:10am Unveiling of historic photo mural
11:25am Unveiling of mosaic mural & Keiki moon chant
11:30 Cultural History – Randy Wichman
11:50 Hula – Kumu Kehulani Kekua – Halau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai
12:15 Pule and Food
This 3rd Saturday (July 16, 2016) volunteer work day – we have work to do, please join us! Starting 8:30 – noon or anytime in between. Pizza lunch provided.
Also, save the date and join us August 7th 10:30 am for a ceremonial celebration of our work and dedication of the collaborative community park beautification project:
Wow! In the last 5-days we’ve cut and moved ~175-yards of mangrove, 90-yards chipped and 2.5 roll-off containers not chipped! Excellent work everyone! Thanks to the awesome volunteers from Adventures Cross Country, our dedicated board of directors,
Before and After
especially those skilled at using a chainsaw(!!) and Dr. Berg for leading young people to do great environmental volunteer work, as well as our hired tree trimming service, JP’s.
Wood chips available at Niumalu Beach Park – grab them if you want them!
Lots more volunteer work to do, so come join us this 3rd Saturday (July 16th) 8am and we’ll feed you lunch!
Please join us in working with the Rotary Club of Kauai, Kaiola Canoe Club and the YWCA in a community service project – beautifying the Niumalu Beach Park pavilion as well as work in the restoration of Pu`ali Stream wetland. We need at least 25 people, so invite a friend!
On the Kū kolu mahina of April 10th, Mālama Hulēʻia and friends gathered to celebrate the culminating hard work of removing invasive mangrove from Puʻali stream alongside Niumalu park by erecting an ahu. In the last three years, over 1000 volunteer hours have been poured into this effort to restore Pu’ali estuary, its water flow, and the return of a natural habitat. The building of the Ku Ahu represents the recognition of our kupuna and their values, the kuleana we have all taken on as a community and the vision we have for reaching Alakoko loko i’a one day. Skilled cultural practitioners and friends of Mālama Hulēʻia spent the day in protocol and kokua to complete the symbol of pride, strength and reverence.
Written by Mason Chock :: Photos by Kat Ho