UHWO Education Faculty Rick Jones has the vision to connect students - teachers in training - to `āina-based education! Working with Project Learning Treeʻs Hawaii Coordinator, Michelle Gorham, Rick brought his amazing students to Kapapapuhi to learn how to engage their future students outside of the classroom. Participants practiced kilo observations, learned mo`olelo, Hawaiian place names and jumped in to pick up rubbish and help grow `ākulikuli - our favorite native groundcover plant! Letʻs hear for our next generation of teachers and those who are empowering them!
Mahalo to Greystar-Kapiina Beach Homes for sponsoring HOH808! We were invited to set up a community outreach booth at their weekly farmerʻs market last night and we now have several keiki growing native akulikuli (our favorite restoration groundcover plant) and sharing information with their ohana about Mālama Pu`uloa!
Mahalo to Kamehameha Schools, KUA and UH West Oahuʻs PIKO program for bringing together so many of the hard-working non-profits from the `Ewa Moku of Oahu! We met in front of Kupiheaʻs beautiful mural Ke Ala Hele ʻUhola ʻO Honouliuli” to learn more deeply about the mo`olelo of our ahupua`a. We also shared how each organization works to restore `Ewa to `āina momona and ways in which we can help each other - IMUA!
John Rogers, an all star HOH volunteer is also on the `Ewa Neighborhood Board. In his "spare time" he is an active member of the Hawai`i Bicycle League. He cooked up the idea to have folks stop by to learn about our Mālama Pu`uloa Program as they rode the historic Pearl Harbor Trail during the "Bike to Train" event. To learn what the Hawai`i Bicycle League continues to do in our community check out their website!
J. Campbell HS Sophomore Trinity McLean was at the "We Grow" student conference today inspiring her peers (and several adults) to get involved in Mālama Pu`uloa! As part of an AVID class project, mentored by her teacher Janice Duldulao and KUPU environmental educator Hulali Alford, Trinity has been growing native akulikuli plants to contribute to our restoration effort! She has also joined us on community work days, removing invasive mangrove to make room for this important native ground cover....and sheʻs dreaming up even bigger ways to contribute... along with so many amazing youth at the conference today. Way to show us how itʻs done Trinity!
Led by their loving kumu, Maile Pokipala with the support of KUPU educator Hulali Alford, students from Kapoleiʻs Ho`ola Leadership Academy spent the day learning at Kapapapuhi. Practicing kilo, learning mo`olelo, and ancient place names, as well as analyzing human impacts and restoration efforts were all important parts of the training. And today, these young leaders are taking all they have been learning about Kapapapuhi and Mālama Pu`uloa and teaching it to all the adult staff at Kapolei High School. Letʻs hear it for our next generation of leaders and those who are empowering them!
And thanks to Derek Chow and his Agriculture Learning Center so is aweoweo for our Mālama Pu`uloa program! This amazing veteran teacher and his students implement multiple projects every year, enabling students to learn, develop key career skills and serve the community. Weʻre proud to be partnering with teachers like Mr. Chow at James Campbell High School! Click here to learn more about the Academy of Business, Agricultural Sciences and International Baccalaureate
Let's hear it for the amazing volunteers who came out to mālama Pu`uloa on Saturday! Mahalo to our military volunteers, volunteers from Pearl City high school, and community members. With their incredible support and hard work, we removed 2 HUGE bins of green waste from our work sites in Kapapapuhi Point Park. Piles of invasive kiawe and mangrove are headed to an island composting facility!
We are well on our way to removing the invasive species crowding Pu`uloa's beautiful shorelines and restoring her back to `āina momona.
With the support of KUPU and their Wetlands Stewardship program, students from HTA came to Kapapapuhi to work and learn. Not only did they work hard in the mud and sun to clear out a large plot for native plantings, they took some native akulikuli to grow back at their school. They are devising a vertical native plant garden and including akulikuli in their community outreach event. Weʻre proud to work with these young leaders to Mālama Pu`uloa!
More than 170 guests, including representatives from 10 Pacific Northwest tribes and many more from across the globe, gathered in Heʻeia, Oʻahu, hosted by local stewardship organizations Kako'o 'Oiwi and Paepae o He'eia, to learn about Native Hawaiian aquaculture practices in February. Mahalo to Hui Mālama Loko I'a and Kua'aina Ulu 'Auamo, the backbone organization that coordinates and facilitates the Hui (excerpt from Facebook post about the event). It was an honor to host a portion of those attending at Kapapapuhi to learn about our efforts to restore loko i`a. We at Hui o Ho`ohonua have a lot to learn but learning from other communities who have loko i`a kia`i for years is inspirational!