Making The Best Of Windward Rains
by Paige Takeya
July 9, 2014
Source: Midweek Windward Islander
What began for Hui o Ko`olaupoko as one sample rain garden at He`eia State Park has grown into eight residential and two public demonstration gardens across Windward Oahu.
"For Hawaii, it's a relatively new type of stormwater management project that we're trying to get going here," said program coordinator Annie Lovell.
A rain garden is a shallow depression lines with rocks, compost and plants, built in areas that experience high volumes of runoff flow. They are designed to collect this water and filter out pollutants before they can reach streams or the the ocean, thus improving water quality.
Water quality is a big issue in Windward, given the 36,000 housing units in Ko`olaupoko, most of them impervious - meaning that rainwater runs right off roofs and driveways without being reabsorbed into the ground.
"Although the amount of water going off one residential property may not seem like a lot," Lovell said, "when it's multiplied out over the thousands of homes we have on island, this results in severe degradation of water resources."
HOK came up with rain gardens as one of many easy ways for homeowners to combat the problem.
Grants last year from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state's Clean Water Branch, Polluted Runoff Control Fund, allowed the nonprofit organization to fund at least 50 rain gardens through its Rain Garden Co-op & Cost Share Program.
The goal, Lovell explained, is to target a rain garden for one property, and then invite that homeowner's neighbors, friends and family to come help build it, hoping it will catch on and multiply, once they see how useful and aesthetically pleasing the gardens are.
So far, its working. Six of the residential rain gardens were created in the past five months, and there's a waiting list for more. A Lanikai installation, for example, generated requests from at least two neighbors to do the same.
To learn ore, email firstname.lastname@example.org. HOK staff will inspect the site and, if viable, will work with the homeowner throughout the process, from manpower to material costs.
Volunteers are also welcome. For more information, visit huihawaii.org or order a copy of the group's rain garden manual to read up on it.
Lanikai Foursome Keeps Sea Clean
Neighbors build rain gardens to keep runoff out of the ocean
by Nina Wu
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
On the mauka side of Lanikai, two rain gardens recently built on the same street are quietly doing their jobs.
The basin-shaped landscape feature allows stormwater from roofs, driveways and other impervious surfaces to infiltrate into the ground or evaporate, mimicking natural processes. They keep pesticides, herbicides, sediments, pet waste and other pollutants from washing into storm drains and then into the ocean.
One of the rain gardens belongs to homeowners Jon and Jean Benfer, and the other to Steve Proctor and Margo Bare, who live a few homes down and across the street. One neighbor inspired the other, and both picked up shovels to help each other.
After a morning of digging up sod, they set up folding chairs for a lunch break beneath a pop-up tent. Other neighbors came by to watch, pitch in or drop off some food.
It was, in a sense, a rain garden party.
"It's good to feel like you're taking care of the ocean," said Jean Benfer, a recreational paddler. "It has been a nice way to start conversations with neighbors walking by."
Hui o Ko‘olaupoko, a nonprofit group whose mission is to protect ocean health, offers a co-op program that helps homeowners build rain gardens in their yards, providing the plants, soil and mulch as well as some labor and expertise. Funding is even available for projects in Windward Oahu.
While doing duty by capturing stormwater, rain gardens can also be a landscape enhancement. Hui o Ko‘olaupoko uses hardy, perennial native plants such as ohai, pohinahina, kokio (hibiscus), pau o Hiiaka, nanea and akulikuli (Hawaii desert thorn).
"The effects are greater if the rain gardens are grouped together," said Annie Lovell, project director for the hui. "If we had five in one neighborhood, you would see greater impact."
After creating a depression about 6 inches deep with sloping walls, weed-blocking fabric and edging are installed. Soil and plants are put in. Pipes may be installed underground and connected to downspouts to route stormwater into the rain garden; water also can be routed via surface flows over a rock-lined or grassy channel.
As water collects, it is filtered and slowly absorbed by soil and plants. If well designed, rain gardens will hold water for no longer than a day or two.
Working with Hui o Ko‘olaupoko, homeowners provide sweat equity, oftentimes recruiting neighbors and friends to help build the garden, which can typically be completed in one morning.
Benfer, 52, is a former Navy officer who's been posted throughout the world, including Alaska, the Philippines, Italy and Washington, D.C. She took up gardening after retiring a few years ago.
Through the University of Hawaii, she became a certified master gardener in 2012, which involves about 42 hours of classes on a range of gardening topics, from rain barrel water catchments to soil preparation and integrated pest management.
It's also where she learned of the rain garden co-op program. She decided it made sense for her own yard, which includes a nice expanse of green lawn that offers a peek of the turquoise ocean and Mokulua islets. Besides areca palms along the back fence, there are six colorful plumeria trees and a garden bench beneath the shade of a 20-year-old mango tree.
The most unusual item is a life-size camel by Honolulu artist and friend Jackie Lau, which sits beneath a plumeria tree. A 4-by-8-foot raised vegetable garden was built by Benfer from a Home Depot kit.
The Benfers' golden retriever, ‘Ula‘ ula, has the run of the fenced-in lawn, and neighborhood canine pals often come to visit.
The kitchen window looks out on the 120-square-foot rain garden. (Generally, the size of the garden is determined by the size of the roof or drainage area and soil type.)
Across the street, Bare and Proctor, having just finished a major remodeling project for their two-story home, decided it was time to jump-start their first landscaping project and that a rain garden would be the way to do it.
Theirs is smaller, measuring about 60 square feet, but is also positioned in the front yard. The couple completed theirs about a month after the Benfers.
Bare, an instructor at Hawaii Pacific University's School of Social Work, said she was inspired by Jean Benfer to build the rain garden. Bare enjoys the ocean and her husband enjoys stand-up paddling, so they wanted to do their part in keeping it clean. "You drive up and down the street, and you see people washing cars in their driveways, and that ends up in the ocean," Bare said. "We wanted to sweat some to do this."
Hui o Ko‘olaupoko also installed rain gardens in the parking lot at Buzz's Lanikai across from Kailua Beach Park, at Windward Community College and the Waikiki Aquarium. The group is looking for more homeowners on the Windward side with ideal sites to build rain gardens.
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» Place the garden in full or partial sun at least 10 feet away from your home to prevent flooding; choose a naturally occurring low spot or position the garden near downspouts or sump pump outlets. » To determine size of rain garden, measure the drainage area of roof, driveway or other hard surface and use the calculator at raingardenalliance.org/right/calculator or refer to charts at www.huihawaii.org/rain-gardens.html. » Choose native plants that will grow well in both wet and dry areas. » Before digging, contact utility companies to check for underground utilities. » Remove the turf grass and dig approximately 4 to 8 inches deep; use the soil to build a berm around the garden edges if necessary. Amend the soil with 2 to 3 inches of compost and mix well. » Place plants about 1 foot apart; topping with 2 to 3 inches of mulch will help keep moisture in and weeds out. » Establish flows via underground pipes or surface channels. » Water every other day for two weeks if it doesn't rain until garden looks to be growing on its own.
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Rain water for most suburban areas usually just runs off into storm drains and into the ocean. This is one of the reasons the ocean is polluted and some plants are deprived of nutrients.
Thus after the garden is established, the rain water will be used to grow native plants and create a more attractive environment.
Hui O Koʻolaupoko is a non-profit organization that focuses on land-based pollution and how it impacts ocean health. HOK’s projects usually focus on the windward side of the island, which extends from Waimanalo to Kualoa Ranch.
“We got the idea for this project to be on WCC campus after extensive research to find an area that would profit the most from the rain garden,” said Cullison.
To volunteer for HOK projects, go to HuiHawaii.org for details.
The WCC Sustainability Club focuses on campus environmental efficiency. This can range from electrical efficiency to using nature to our advantage.
The club’s student leaders are Max Towey and Lautisha Cleavinger with Floyd McCoy and Rachel Harvey as the club’s advisors.
The group meets at least once a month to discuss current and future projects or ideas. Workdays for the rain garden will start March 17 to 21, depending on the weather.
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Along with Windward’s developments, the UH system has already been working on its own sustainability efforts.
Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology and industrial leader, was recently hired to repipe the air conditioning systems at each community college so every building on campus is linked to one another, reducing the use to just one “mega” AC station for major savings in electrical costs.
In his professional opinion, McCoy feels that there’s much more that could be done to make campus buildings, such as the new library, “greener” than simply meeting the minimum state requirements.
But McCoy understands the difficulties faced in upgrading historic buildings, which many of the campuses like WCC have.
“We can only go so far because we are under constraints. It has to be handled delicately, but there is a way. There has to be a way to do it. That’s where we need to be—to figure out how—and then to get the construction going.”
Finding ways to make UH campuses “greener” and raise awareness are just some of purposes of the 2nd annual UH systemwide Sustainability in Higher Education Summit.
March 13 through 15, students, faculty and administrators from all 10 UH campuses will be coming to WCC to build on the statewide and UH System Sustainability Strategy (developed at the first summit), establish sustainability goals through work sessions, share best practices and build lasting relationships to support institutional sustainability transformation.
“There are campuses like UH Maui that are doing some interesting things,” McCoy said.
“They just built a new science building that it is paved with solar cells. The roof has vertical rotors that the wind moves to make electricity.
“They even designed the building so that the tradewinds provide a natural air conditioning.” This type of progress is an example of what will be shared at the summit.
McCoy says the privilege of hosting the summit here is due to WCC’s respectable sustainability efforts.
One accomplishment is the recent acquisition of the Waikalua Loko fishpond, making Windward the only campus to have one.
Already being utilized in McCoy’s and fellow science professor Dave Krupp’s laboratories, Waikalua Loko is an example of ancient sustainability.
“Think of all the stuff that this campus, more than any other campus, is involved in that deals with sustainability. We have the lo‘i, an aquaculture facility behind ‘Iolani run by Sea Grant, an aquaponics facility, the gardens—all of these are looking at sustainability, food sources and how to do it locally.”
Yet there is still more to be stressed when it comes to sustainability in Hawai‘i. “If we can get these kinds of things rolling on this campus and in the system, we’ve made a big step.”
“The more we can attract this kind of attention to the campus, to our own faculty and students, the more it’s going to happen.”
Club co-advisor and anthropology lecturer Rachel Harvey said the club wants to involve students from all disciplines. “Global warming, pollution—it’s all about changing human behavior. That’s why we need a social science perspective.”
Future goals supported by McCoy and the Sustainability Club include designating courses with an “S” to show they focus on some form of sustainability. Polynesian Voyaging, anthropology, aquaponics and McCoy’s science classes are just a few of these potential courses.
They are also hoping to set up lectures in which the pros and cons of environmental issues will be covered through discussion, so students can analyze both sides of the argument without animosity. Topics would range from the fish farming cages off the coast of the Big Island and human dependence on oil and gas to climate change and rising sea levels causing beach erosion.
“The Sustainability Club acts like the local managing group to see all this happen,” McCoy said, encouraging interested students to join the adventure.
“We want to hit it from every angle: economics, history, hard science (geology, oceanography, biology, etc.) and soft science (anthropology, archaeology, etc),” McCoy said. “That’s sustainability, that’s where we want to go with the club.”
Building A Connection: Volunteers Find New Ways To Make A Difference
by Catherine E. Toth
Source: Alaska Airlines Magazine
Government data indicates that there is an increase in individual volunteerism. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 64.5 million people volunteered between September 2011 and September 2012. And CNCS's "Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012" report noted that the number of volunteers across the country had reached a five-year high. "Volunteering and service are core American values," Warfield says. "We've even seen an increase in what we call 'informal volunteering' too, like helping a neighbor or doing favors, things that are service activities but [don't require] going to a formal organization and volunteering." More and more, getting involved in volunteer efforts is as easy as turning on a computer or smartphone....
Six years ago Karen Kearns lost her husband, and that changed her perspective on life. Suddenly a single mom of two small children, Kearns, a Spanish-language interpreter in South Carolina decided to travel the world with her kids. So far, their travels have taken them to destinations ranging from Spain and New York City to the Grand Canyon. "His death really fueled my passion for living life to its fullest," Kearns says.
This past summer, Kearns wanted to make their stay on O’ahu more meaningful. Her kids, now 6 and 8, were able to participate in service projects, so she researched volunteer opportunities. She found out about a guided hike along the Manana Trail in ’Aiea with the Sierra Club, and secured a spot via email. Then she found Hui o Ko’olaupoko, a nonprofit in Kailua on the windward side of O’ahu, that needed volunteers to help restore native vegetation along 4,000 feet of riparian habitat in the upper parts of He’eia Stream. Later, she posted a photo of herself on the organization's Facebook page, wearing the nonprofit's T-shirt back home - something a lot of volunteers do.
"It's been a fun thing," says Kristen Nalani Nailheau, community coordinator for Hui o Ko’olaupoko. "We put one up the other day, a woman in Cape Cod wearing our rash guard, and it got 240 'likes.' It might be a small number, but for us, with just two full-time staffers, that's huge. It's promoting what we do."......
And the service projects have turned out to be the memories her two kids talk about the most. "We live pretty large on our trips, and we did a lot to keep them busy," Kearns says. "But after the trip, my son said the restoration project was the best thing he had ever done. I was so happy he was happy about it. We were able to dig the dirt in Hawai’i and plant something," she says, noting how it underscored her family's recent experiences with the beauty and fragility of life. "To be able to be there and to have that experience, it was awesome. Just awesome."
For the full article visit Alaska Airlines Magazine
by Christina O'Connor
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Source: Go Kailua Magazine
”Keeping Kailua Bay as beautiful as it is today will take the effort of everyone who uses it. As it approaches 10 a.m. on a Saturday, the parking lot at the main entrance of Kailua Beach behind Kalapawai Market already is completely full. On the beach, empty plots of sand are hard to come by, as children build sand castles, large parties set up picnics beneath tarps, groups of friends sprawl out on towels to sunbathe, couples amble down the beach walking dogs and sipping coﬀee and swimmers jump into the clear water.
With aqua blue water that flows delicately onto a long stretch of white sand, Kailua Beach—and its neighbor Lanikai Beach—are renowned locations and popular tourist destinations. Both have topped Dr. Beach’s annual top 10 beaches list—Lanikai in 1996 and Kailua in 1998.
“I tell everyone that we are all part of the problem,” Cullison says. “We all live here, we all drive cars, we all have houses. But on the other side, we are all part of the solution, too. We can change our daily habits.
And while this kind of beach bliss generally is illustrative of a typical Saturday at Kailua, there are a few things that hint at what could be perhaps a darker future for the bay. Anybody who has been there aﬅer a heavy rain can attest to a literal darker side of the water when Kaelepulu Stream overflows into the ocean, bringing polluted runoﬀ with it; in recent years, the beach has begun to erode on certain stretches; and the Windward shoreline in general seems to be a hot spot for marine debris to wash up.
In response to these threats, a dedicated circuit of nonprofits and community volunteers has risen up to tackle these issues and preserve Kailua bay.
On a Tuesday morning following a three-day weekend, Hui o Ko’olaupoko executive director Todd Cullison arrives on his bicycle at the parking lot behind Buzz’s Original Steakhouse and goes about his routine—watering the series of native plants and rain gardens that run along Kaelepulu Stream.
The area, which used to be comprised of sand, is now stocked with plants that include pohinahina, mau’u aki aki, hinahina ewa, ‘ahu’awa and milo trees. It’s not just for aesthetics; it is a project designed by Kailua-based nonprofit Hui o Ko’olaupoko called the Popoi’a Street Storm Water Retro-fit to prevent storm runoff from flowing into the stream—and subsequently into the ocean.
“When you come down here when it rains, [the water] will infiltrate in,” Cullison explains. “What [the retrofit] has done is stopped the runoﬀ from going into the stream. If we do get overflow, then it goes into this rain garden with all of the native plants.”
The Popoi’a Street Storm Water Retro-fit was installed in 2012 in partnership with the City and County Department of Parks and Recreation. Prior to installing the project, Cullison says that .45 inches of rain in a 24-hour period would result in water flowing off into the stream—after it had mixed with car oil and other materials it had picked up from its journey. With the retrofit now in place, there can be .9 inches of rain in a 24-hour period and nothing will have left the site.
“It reduces the sediment and nitrogen that would otherwise be flowing in,” Cullison says.
As University of Hawai’i at Manoa associate dean and geology professor Charles Fletcher explains, such materials can have adverse effects to the water and its marine life. Polluted runoff can cause an increase in the growth of algae, which could ultimately skew the level of oxygen in the water and kill off marine life.
And as he details in his book, Living on the Shores of Hawai’i: Natural Hazards, The Environment, and Our Communities, runoff in Hawai’i has a high potential for ending up in the ocean because of the population’s close proximity to the water.
“When it rains, all of the pollutants have a fast ticket into the ocean,” says Fletcher, pointing toward the ocean from his Kailua home.
In addition to the Popoi’a Street Storm Water Retro-fit, Hui o Ko’olaupoko also is in the early stages of installing similar retrofits throughout the Windward side, as well as building rain gardens in private homes.
Cullison says the sources of polluted runoff are “omnipresent.” Fertilizers, animal waste, oil from cars—it all gets absorbed by passing rainwater that could end up in the ocean.
“It’s all connected,” Cullison says.
As Fletcher points out in his book, ancient Hawaiians used that concept of connectivity to manage the watershed—including all of the various types of water bodies—as a joint entity.
It’s that type of cohesiveness that Kailua-based nonprofit ‘Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi seeks to re-establish.
“You have to think in terms of the ahupua’a that runs from the top of the mountains and down into the ocean,” says administrator Rick Ka’imi Scudder, who helped launch the organization in the mid-1990s.
Scudder explains that all of the rainwater that comes from the ahupua’a flows into streams, and then into Kawai Nui Marsh.
It’s at the marsh that ‘Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi has focused a lot of its eﬀorts. The group pulls weeds, plants native plants and maintains the area.
“The marsh itself acts as a large filter for the bay,” Scudder says. “If the streams came down the valley and went directly into the ocean, there would be no slowing down of the velocity of the streams. And the faster the water moves, the more sediment it can carry into the ocean. The marsh slows everything down. It’s like a big break.”
On the beach, across the street from Hui o Ko’olaupoko’s project site, another problem that looms over the bay is evident. Where there used to be a wide stretch of beach now steeply drops off into the ocean, leaving behind the exposed roots of trees. Fletcher explains that the beach had been slowly eroding for some time, and then began to rapidly erode several years ago.
“If there is erosion down there, that means you are going to start seeing erosion propagate up along the beach,” Fletcher says. “Because of sea level rise, I think that the entirety of Kailua Beach is poised to begin eroding at some point.
“The sand on the beach is a really precious entity that takes nature thousands of years to make,” he says.
He points to sand removal from the stream mouth and other management practices at fault, in part, for the rapid erosion. Rising sea levels—which the U.S. National Academy of Science predicts will raise between 1.5 and 4.5 feet by 2100— he says, will only exacerbate the problem.
In response, the City has been stockpiling sand for a beach nourishment project near the boat ramp. State Rep. Chris Lee announced recently that he will be looking into funding studies on permanent solutions for preventing erosion at Kailua.
Fletcher advises that regulations for development close to the coastline need to be re-examined.
In 2006, Hawaii Kai residents Suzanne Frazer and Dean Otsuki were organizing a large cleanup at Kailua Beach and wanted to find the area that had the greatest need. They discovered it at the quiet far end known as Castles. A popular surf spot and most widely known as the locale that the Obamas’ vacation home overlooks, Castles also was home to a considerable amount of marine debris.
Returning with a group of volunteers, Frazer and Otsuki found debris that included broken pieces of plastic, crates, fishing nets and buoys that had washed ashore. A few days later, Frazer and Otsuki launched their own nonprofit, B.E.A.C.H. (Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai’i), to address the issue of marine debris throughout the state.
The pair returned to Castles on their own for weeks, picking up debris from the shore for hours.
“[Marine debris] is an ongoing, every-single-day problem,” Frazer says. “New [debris] was coming in all the time.”
Frazer explains that debris and trash pose a number of threats to marine life—seabirds, monk seals and turtles can get entangled in nets or ingest plastic, causing blockages or starvation.
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, a nonprofit that was founded in 2011 by lifelong Kailua native Kahi Pacarro, conducts regular cleanups throughout the island—including one large one and several smaller ones throughout the year at Kailua—and agrees that marine debris is one of the biggest issues that Kailua faces. In addition to microplastics, Pacarro says that Sustainable Coastlines also finds beach-goer trash including plastic bottles, plastic bags, straws, food packaging, cigarette butts and other plastics.
Pacarro stresses the importance of not only picking up these items, but reducing it at the source by changing consumption behaviors.
“We think that if [people] come to one of our cleanups, see what’s washing ashore, clean it up, tally it, they will make the connection that many of the items that they are finding are the exact same ones they use in their everyday lives,” Pacarro says. “And that by reducing their use of said items, they can improve the quality of our coastlines, or perhaps the coastlines of a beach far away.”
After Frazer and Otsuki had been removing marine debris at Castles for several weeks, they arrived one morning to discover something new: The rubbish cans at the beach access already were full of marine debris.
“We were very glad to see that because it meant that it wasn’t just us anymore picking up the marine debris,” Frazer says. “It was the residents who had been seeing us out there. They decided to help keep the beach clean.”
With Kailua’s increased growth in recent years—in development, as well as residents and tourists—the question of whether that uptick impacts the ocean arises. It might not be a measurable figure, but Fletcher suggests that there is a cumulative effect from increased daily human activity.
“One seawall, one flush of the toilet, one person going out and killing a fish is more than just one person—they have an impact that is on top of everybody who went before them,” Fletcher says.
Standing alongside the Popoi’a Street Storm Water Retro-fit and looking toward the mountains, Cullison muses that he sees that concept as a sort of opportunity.
“I tell everyone that we are all part of the problem,” Cullison says. “We all live here, we all drive cars, we all have houses. But on the other side, we are all part of the solution, too. We can change our daily habits.”
PHOTOS COURTESY ‘AHAHUI MALAMA I KA LOKAHI
By replacing natural vegetation with impermeable surfaces, we have impaired the land's ability to absorb and filter rainwater.
Native forests, shrublands and grasslands are highly efficient at capturing, absorbing and filtering rainwater. Natural vegetation intercepts rainwater, slowing its fall in the ground, while healthy, undisturbed soil acts like a sponge, soaking in and filtering the rain before gradually releasing it to groundwater.
In developed areas, rain flows very rapidly over the landscape. Impermeable surfaces and even turf, with its shallow roots and underlying compacted soil, produce considerably more runoff than undeveloped areas with deep-rooted plants.
Design to mimic natural systems, rain gardens are a simple, low-cost way to reduce the amount of runoff your property generates and restore natural water flows through your landscape.
Rain gardens are simply excavated landscape features, planted with native perennial plans, that are engineered to capture runoff and release it gradually into the soil. Rain gardens should be down slope from a downspout or a driveway.
An addition to reducing runoff and filtering impurities, rain gardens can reduce the risk of floods, protect property from water damage, provide habitat for beneficial insects and birds and enhance the beauty of your yard.
Next time it rains, watch the way water flows through the landscape and look for signs of soil erosion, standing water or low spots and depressions that remain moist after it rains.
You may be a good candidate for a rain garden. For guidance on how to design and install a rain garden, refer to the Hui o Koʻolaupoko Hawaiʻi Residential Rain Garden Manual, available at your local library or online at www.huihawaii.org/rain-gardens.html
Kim Perry is a junior extension agent and Kauai Master Gardener Coordinator with the University of Hawaiʻi Cooperative Exension Service in Lihue. Email her at email@example.com
Full Moon Concert For Kailua
By Midweek Staff
September 11, 2013
Source: Windward Oahu Islander
Ukulele star Taimane Gardner and local reggae band Dread Ashanti will headline the Kailua Full Moon Concert from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at Kailua District Park.
The second and final 2013 public summer concert is free, and blankets and low-rise chairs are welcome for the first-come, first-pick seating on the park lawn. (No pop tents, barbecues or pets allowed.)
“We’re so fortunate to be able to bring these great performers to an outdoor venue in Kailua,” said concert founder John Stallings, noting that 1,000 fans came to the June 21 concert with Ledward Kaapana and Mike Kaaawa.
Donations of $5 or more are welcome to Hui o Koʻolaupoko, the nonprofit event partner whose mission is to protect ocean health.
In keeping to a green theme, free water will be available for those with refillable water bottles and cups, and Rusty Chain Cyclery will run a free bike valet service. Picnics are encouraged, but food vendors will be on-site.
Discovered by Don Ho for her wizardry on the ukulele, Taimane played in Ho’s show and has since opened for Chicago, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Isaak and C & K, among others. Hawaii’s poet laureate Kealoha will emcee the program, which is funded entirely by sponsorship and donations. Sponsoring this concert are Keller Williams Realty Honolulu, Solar City and D.R. Horton.
For more information, call 294-1794 or visit kailuafullmoonconcerts.com
Hui o Koʻolaupoko Recognized for Conservation Effort
By Carol Chang
August 21, 2013
Source: Windward Oahu Islander
A collaborative conservation project along Kaelepulu Stream has earned Hui o Ko’olaupoko the Xeriscape Award of Honor from Scenic Hawaii Inc. The award was presented to the Windward nonprofit this summer as part of the statewide 2013 Betty Crocker Landscape Awards program.
The xeriscape distinction recognizes gardens with drought-tolerant plants and water conservation elements.
Popoi’a Street Storm Water Retro-fit Project, as it’s officially called, was launched last fall with the support of government, businesses, schools and residents.
Beachgoers can check it out from the Buzz’s Original Steakhouse parking lot on the Lanikai side of the stream. Here one can see where 360 feet of habitat is now covered with native vegetation and interlocking pervious materials to trap storm water and reduce pollution from runoff. Rain gardens also have been installed to filter the flow before it reaches the stream.
Pictured are (from left) Marie Sode, HOK volunteer; Kristen Mailheau, HOK community coordinator; HOK executive director Todd Cullison; and Mark Hughes of Hughes & Hughes Landscape Architects, who designed the landscape. Photo from Todd Cullison.
Highlighting the newly green expanse are three interpretive signs with original art work by Lanikai Elementary School students and three planters for cigarette butts provided by Huakailani School.
Engineers, contractors, teachers, students, neighbors, businesses, funders and volunteers all contributed to the retrofit, which still requires maintenance by executive director Todd Cullison and his hui of volunteers. Mark Hughes of Hughes & Hughes Landscape Architects designed the five-week-long erosion-control project, whose goal is to show how new building techniques and technologies can be used to protect stream and ocean health.
Hui o Koʻolaupoko’s mission is “protecting ocean health by restoring the ‘aina: mauka to makai.”
Fund Opens Up Affordable Rain Gardens for Homeowners
By Carol Chang
January 9, 2013
Source: Windward Oahu Islander
Every day, surface water slips from the earth into Kaneohe Bay, carrying with it the pollutants from the land.
Rain gardens in people’s yards can stem the flow, and Hui o Ko’olaupoko is looking for new gardeners to join the effort.
“They are a great project for individual homeowners to help protect stream and ocean health from residential pollution,” said Todd Cullison, executive director of the nonprofit hui. And he has some funds to help make it happen.
The Rain Garden Co-op and Cost Share Program helps homeowners install their own rain gardens and help their neighbors do the same. The result, Cullison said, is less stormwater runoff, better landscaping and reduced construction costs.
Volunteers with Hui o Ko'olaupoko complete plantings at a demonstration rain garden, installed in 2011 at He'eia State Park. Photo from Todd Cullison.
A rain garden is a flat-bottomed depression planted with native vegetation, which is used to capture excess stormwater and pollutants from rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots or streets. In March of 2011, the hui installed a demonstration garden at He’eia State Park, which visitors can check out for themselves. It has grown lush with plants and requires little maintenance time, Cullison said, making it an effective, low-cost tool to fight water pollution.
Grant support is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and from the state’s Clean Water Branch, Polluted Control Runoff Fund. Interested homeowners may call Cullison at 277-5611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website has further details at huihawaii.org/raingardens