Someone was celebrating a birthday party at the Niumalu Beach Park pavilion on Sunday while we having our monthly Mālama Hulē‘ia Steering Committee meeting. Our meeting is held every third Sunday of the month after working on the mangrove both Saturday and Sunday. But almost every weekend there is a party going at the park pavilion. Sometimes it is an adult affair, and sometimes it is for the kids. This past Sunday, it was for the kids, and perhaps for one special kid who was wearing a golden party cap.
We always concede the park pavilion to those who reserve it for a party, and if available, we meet at a picnic table on the edge of the park where we can look out over the results of our hard labor. Some of the kids from the party this Sunday wandered over to check out the scene too. The zillions of baby fish and green patches of strange plants may have sparked their interest. It looked like they wanted to wander further into the area but were probably stopped by the yucky water, mud and rotting mangrove roots.
Well, someday we’ll make it better. Someday the Niumalu Beach Park will grow into the Mālama Hulē‘ia Learning Center. It may still be a wetland, but it won’t be so yucky. Just more interesting.