October is Mālama Pu`uloa Month! This year weʻre celebrating with daily posts on our hoh808 Facebook ...ones that will youʻll hopefully find uplifting in these challenging times. Mālama means “to care for” and Pu`uloa is one of the traditional Hawaiian names for Pearl Harbor. In 2018 Hawai`i Legislators passed a joint resolution for an annual, statewide observance of Mālama Pu`uloa Month every October - join us as we offer you reasons to celebrate!
Mahalo to Annemarie Paikai, Dr. Anushcka Faucci (also a Hui o Ho`ohonua Board Member), and their collaborators for creating an online learning resource for us all - "Leeward CC at Pu`uloa: An Āina-based Research Guide". Itʻs a wonderful collection of mana`o (maps, oli, photos, videos, and more) about Pu`uloa open to the community.
On July 28th a day of Mālama Pu’uloa planned by an amazing HIGH SCHOOL student Lyana Butler of Hawaii Technology Academy inspired us! This crew of HIGH SCHOOL students picked up opala, jammed on invasive mangrove and grass removal and lovingly planted milo and naupaka (grown by Leeward Community College students)...it’s “how we do” in ‘Ewa
Amazing crews from He`eia and Ho`okua`āina came to Kapapapuhi to harvest mangrove for their hale building projects....and in turn mowed down invasive mangrove at the edge of loko i`a long covered but soon to be restored. Pilina partnerships supported by KUA and Hui Mālama Loko I`a.
Three innovative educators from Leeward Community College brought an amazing group of their students to Mālama Pu`uloa. Many of the group were visiting for the first time and all of them worked to help restore a section of the Pu`uloa shoreline...they even "brought" a bit of rain with them to water native plants the lovingly planted. We honor the contribution of our board member Dr. Anuschka Faucci for creating these connections! See more on the LCC Kilo `Āina Blog.
4 Teacher Leaders from Campbell and Kapolei High School visited Kapapapuhi to learn how to connect their students to `āina, career pathways and meaningful learning ...while facing the challenges of the COVID pandemic. Together with HOH808 educational staff, the group developed a number of exciting ideas - serving the youth of `Ewa.
Weʻre so grateful to the amazing Island Energy Services team (and a small crew of our volunteers) for their work to restore flow to a Honouliuli Streamlet! And as a bonus, they helped remove a burnt out van that has been a blight on one of HOH808ʻs key education areas. Their expertise, commitment and willingness to collaborate with HOH808 bring hopeful pathways to Mālama Pu`uloa - the restoration of Pearl Harbor to abundance!
Our first COVID safe `ohana planting is bringing hope to Honouliuli Stream! Planting ma`u akiaki, ahu awa, building terraces and nurturing native species that have popped up since our invasive mangrove and pickleweed removal weʻre grateful to Justin, Carrie and David for their efforts. Shout out to the Leeward Community College Kilo `Aina Scholars who helped to propagate the native plants we used in this small out-planting pilot. Our goal - "carpets" of native species growing along the entire length of Honouliuli Stream as weʻve started to accomplish along the shoreline.
On June 6th, we started with a small, professional group of volunteers to continue removing invasive mangrove from the banks of the Honouliuli Stream. Maintaining strict COVID-safe work protocols, the volunteers - members of the Navy Construction Battalion, worked in the `Ewa heat to mow down mangrove with chainsaws. HOH808 is grateful to this amazing team as their work is also uncovering Hawaiian fishponds - a key part of our vision of Mālama Pu`uloa - restoring Pearl Harbor to abundance.
HOH808 is humbled to be a part of this hui - those using Hawaiian ancestral wisdom to build a pathway to food security for Hawaii. Mahalo to Brenda Asuncion, Miwa Tamanaha, Kevin K.J. Chang and Kim Moa for writing an amazing article on the topic recently published by the Non-profit Quarterly. Click here to access the article
and encourage others to read it!