Our Mālama Pu`uloa Program Receives the 2022 Community Hero Award During Hawai`i Invasive Species Awareness Month!
Our Executive Director and Co-Founder was honored to accept the 2022 Community Leader Award from the Hawai`i Invasive Species Awareness Month, on behalf of all of our staff, partners and volunteers - our hui. Mahalo to Senator Gabbard and the HISAM team for this honor. Our hui was recognized for the work weʻve done to remove invasive mangrove from the shoreline of Pu`uloa but more importantly, the context of that work - the bio-cultural restoration of `Ewa-Pu`uloa. Click here to see the 2 minute award video.
With the support of the Rompel ʻOhana, The Aligned Mortgage/Scout Hui, Multiple VSOs and our own amazing alaka`i - we welcomed Lt. Governor Josh Green, Navy volunteers and a large group of volunteers from the Marine 3rd Radio Battalion....the mission: recover the Nihola Loko I`a (fishpond)...and we made epic progress! Mahalo nui to one and all!
After working all morning with Scout Troop 316, Aligned Mortgage made a generous donation to Hui o Ho`ohonuaʻs Mālama Pu`uloa Program! Mahalo nui loa!
Radford HS, "original volunteers", neighbors and more came out to open up the Nihola Loko I`a at Kapapapuhi...and weʻre so grateful! Imua!
Our Wednesday Weed Warriors started volunteering for heavy duty mangrove removal on a weekly basis in September 2021 and....on January 5th they fired up again! Mahalo to new and veteran volunteers. Click here to sign up and join in www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aa4a828a3f5c16-mangrove
Our final Community Work Day was amazing and this big crew worked to clear and entire section of invasive mangrove from the Nihola Loko I`a (fishpond). We welcomed folks from "the Sickos", The Mission Continues, J. Campbell HS, neighbors and more - mahalo nui loa to all!
Working with our amazing community network, we completed our first plantings along the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail (bike path) near Lehua Community Park and Elementary School. Stay tuned for scoops on the Dec. 4th work day and click here for more information about the project.
Mahalo to journalist Leila Barghouty for telling our story! Weʻre proud to work with Tony, our partners and our amazing community in our efforts to restore Pu`uloa! Link to the full article
After invasive mangrove has blocked the flow and fish passage of Honouliuli Stream, our crew and volunteers have worked for two years to clear the way! This is what community and partners can do when we work together! Mahalo to DLNR-Division of Aquatic Resources, the UFWS Hawai`i Fish Habitat Partnership, KUPU `Āina Corps, Aloha Connects Innovation, the Navy Construction Battalion, Karla and Mike Rompel, Island Energy and the thousands of volunteers!
Under the leadership of Ati Jeffers-Fabro our Honouliuli Project Coordinator, our phenomenal crew - Evan, Amanda, Nate and Dominic toiled in tough conditions to achieve miracles! Opening up Honouliuli Stream and pathways for restored abundance! Mahalo nui loa to Karla and Mike Rompel for their generous funding of our crew through interim funding sources!