On March 19, 2013, Steve Yee and Mason Chock, on behalf of the Kaiola Canoe Club, signed a one year Adoption Agreement in the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR)’s Adopt a Harbor Program. DOBOR is a division of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). In the Adoption Agreement, we volunteered to clear mangrove and monitor future mangrove growth.
By adopting the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor, we gained right of entry to the Mālama Hulēʻia project site, over which DOBOR has management jurisdiction. That right of entry was what we needed to get the County of Kauai’s full support of our project. The County can now allow us to use the Niumalu Beach Park for project staging and will supply roll-off trash bins for the green waste. Another big benefit of adopting the small boat harbor is that DOBOR will provide gas and oil for operation of our mangrove and grass cutting equipment, and they will send our equipment off to M Kawamura Farm Enterprise for repair and maintenance when needed.
The Adopt a Harbor Program is wholey voluntary and we decide on what and where we will work. Our intent, of course, is to clear the mangrove from our project demonstration site, although we are not limited to that. As to when we perform our work, we need to coordinate that with DOBOR. We will provide DOBOR with our schedule of work days.