While our mission continues to focus on the removal of mangrove, through our organizational growth and experience with our demonstration site at Pu’ali stream, we have learned the importance of continuing our community engagement efforts. We are further convinced that it will take a whole community to recognize the importance of Hulēʻia as an important resource and commit to an ongoing investment in seeing our resources thrive for future generations.
After 2 years of clearing and replanting, we believe, the Pu’ali demonstration site is a perfect location to serve as a community hub to share the values and history of the Hulēʻia estuary. A natural extension of Niumalu park has formed out of the clearing transforming it into a natural habitat for native species providing access for both visitors and families. With Pu’ali stream freed from mangrove, it will need continued attention and maintenance opening up the opportunities for community connection. Focus on the Pu’ali site and Niumalu park revitalization will provide an avenue for continued community engagement and a public location the community can be proud of. School groups will be able to help shape and contribute to the new park area in many ways including continued stewardship, ecosystem studies, planting of native species, educational signage and recreation.
It is Mālama Hulēʻia’s intent to continue the beautification of Pu’ali and utilize it as a learning site where the community can participate and be in touch with ongoing eradication efforts towards Alekoko.
We have submitted a proposal along with our partner Hale ‘Ōpio to the County Parks and Recreation Department:
They are hosting a community meeting Wednesday, January 27th at 5pm for us to gather community input on our vision for the park. Please join us! If you can’t make it but have comments please email firstname.lastname@example.org.