With Ati Jeffers-Fabro, our new Honouliuli Project Manager leading an amazing KUPU crew - Amanda, Dominic, Kealoha, Keahi and Nate + volunteer Pastor Luiz Honouliuli Stream can flow again. Working to remove decades of invasive mangrove growth and planting native species our crew has worked miracles in just two weeks...we canʻt wait to see what the continue to do to Mālama Pu`uloa!
Mahalo to Ati Jeffers-Fabro, our new Honouliuli Project Manager for bringing lauhala weavers, kumu hula and neighbors to Kapapapuhi...so our Mālama Pu`uloa Programs truly serves community. Weʻve already worked together to plant hala and develop plans to care for wahi pana!
November 7th was Arbor Day and it was our honor to support a native/fruit tree give away to community members in Kapolei with so many of our partners! Mahalo to the Mālama Learning Center for organizing the event with Island Energy, `Ewa Blue Zones and so many others! And we brought home 5 native loulu to plant along the Honouliuli Stream to contribute to Mālama Pu`uloa!
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!