For Hui o Koʻolaupoko, that tunnel has been a three year and five acre journey of invasive mangrove removal at Heʻeia Estuary and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Literally, we can finally see the sunlight shining through the trees. What was once a dense, dark forest of invasive mangrove has now been restored to a visible stream channel, thousands of native plants, and an open estuary and mud flats where native shorebirds are foraging once again.
The past three yeas of work has been funded in part by grants from the Hawaii Department of Health: Clean Water Branch, The Hawaii Fish Habitat Partnership, The Laura Jane Musser Foundation and the Hawaii Community Foundation.
As these grants come to a close at the end of 2017, we know that our work at the estuary is not yet complete. HOK is honored to announce that with a generous grant from Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation, HOK will continue to attack the invasive weeds and out-plant natives at this and all of our other project sites in 2018!