Hui o Ko'olaupoko
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
Heʻeia State Park
Find Yourself On The Path To The Sea
Invaders have dug a stronghold on the shores of the Windward Coast, and threaten to hide traditional routes to the sea. Invasive plant species that found their ways to the streams, valleys and estuaries of the Hawaiian Islands are encroaching on the natural irrigation routes, leaving them nearly impassible. Join Hui o Ko'olaupoko to gain an understanding of Hawaii's unique ecosystems and what can be done to protect and restore them. At the breathtaking He'eia State Park, you can help to remove invasive species from the He'eia Estuary and replace them with Hawaiian native plants which aid in erosion control, filtration of stormwater runoff and provide habitat for other native species. Once removed, the invasive plants will be chipped, composted and re-purposed on site. Using the up-cycled organic material closes the loop and aids in weed suppression, limits exposure and erosion of the freshly bare soil and adds nutrients back into the earth for the planting and cultivation of the native species.
Join us (nearly) every Third Saturday to:
Below is a brief description of the Heʻeia Estuary Restoration Project and you can also find more information and pictures on our website.
Since the Spring of 2015, Hui o Ko’olaupoko has been wortking at the mouth of He’eia Stream to clear invasive mangrove and other non-native plants in an effort to restore stream flow, re-plant native plants and improve habitat for native aquatic species and shorebirds. The majority of invasive species removal was completed in under one year and the re-planting of native species began in February 2016.
Volunteers will be involved in clearing invasive plant species from the stream and shoreline area using small hand tools and hand pulling small weeds as we work to open and create areas to outplant native species. We will wrap up this service event with a short walk on to the private He’eia Fish Pond wall to hear about its historical significance and how efforts to restore the fish pond are directly linked to the HOK project and other projects in the ahupua’a (valley).
Please RSVP to receive directions to the meeting location. RSVP to TJ Calistro 277-5611, firstname.lastname@example.org
He’eia Estuary workdays for 2017 will be held:
Our community workdays and volunteer events happen rain or shine! In the rare event that we would need to cancel a workday due to unsafe weather conditions, we will update our Facebook Page with the event status no later than one hour prior the scheduled start time.
We offer a variety of regularly scheduled events each month as well as weekday outtings to join our field staff and we can work with groups to arrange a private weekday service trip or educational visit at no cost to the group. The best way see what events we have coming up and which would be the best fit for you is by visiting the Get Involved & Calendar pages on our website, contacting us at email@example.com and signing up to receive our monthly newsletter.
Feel free to call or e-mail me if you have any additional questions. I look forward to working with you.