The official end date of Mālama Hulē‘ia’s grant-supported project has been extended from January 31 to May 30, 2015. This does not mean that our work will be finished on that end date, because all of the rest of the Hulē‘ia River and the ‘Alekoko Fishpond will still need to be freed of mangrove. But we do aim to accomplish our short term goals of eradicating red mangrove from the Niumalu Beach Park area, both along the Pu‘ali Stream and along the Niumalu Road out to the Hulē‘ia River, by May 30. And we will continue to hold community work weekends every third weekend of the month until then. (See 2015 dates on the right.)
In spite of the tremendous support we have had from community volunteers, progress in our demonstration project has been slowed by bad weather, very wet and muddy ground conditions, and the huge size of mangrove trees. We do have plans to turn this around by employing heavy equipment that can pull the trees out to dry land where the equipment will be located and where the trees can be more easily cut up and disposed. We will start to use this equipment in January, 2015.
Meanwhile, on December 20 and 21, 2014, we still need all the volunteer help we can get to clear the mangrove and other invasive plants, as well as to restore the area with native vegetation. If you have some time, please join our troops and help us to mālama Niumalu. Wear boots or tabis, glasses and sun protection. We will provide gloves and lunch. Ho‘omoe wai kāhi ke kāo‘o. (Let all travel together like water flowing in one direction.)