This Low-Impact Development project retrofitted 12,000 sq. ft. of an existing parking lot owned by City and County of Honolulu Parks Department adjacent to Ka'elepulu Stream in Kailua to improve the quality of storm water runoff. Pervious pavers were installed in the parking area to capture storm water runoff and reduce the amount of pollution reaching the stream. Additionally, the project improved 360 feet of riparian habitat through the installation of native plants and rain gardens to capture additional storm water and allow for infiltration before polluted water has a chance to enter Ka'elepulu Stream.
Interpretative signage was designed by the 2010 Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School First Class with guidance by art teacher Mrs. Kristi.
Funders and partners include the Environmental Protection Agency, Hawaii Department of Health, City & County of Honolulu, Buzz’s Original Steak House, LaniKailua Outdoor Circle, Long House Development, Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks, Hartley & McGehee, and EA Engineers. Special thanks to the Kanetake Family for the use of their water for plant irrigation.
Project partners for the Popoi'a Street Storm Water Project include:
“I appreciate the fact that Hui o Ko’olaupoko explains in detail to their volunteer workers the importance of its mission, and makes sure the volunteers are aware that their time and effort is appreciated."
-Phil P. EA Engineers, Corporate volunteers for HOK
Volunteer to help maintain this project in urban Kailua while learning about native Hawaiian plants and local watershed issues. Groups and individuals are welcome to malama these gardens by joining one of our regularly scheduled workdays or groups of 10 or more can arrange a private educational, service event. Individuals are welcome to help maintain the gardens as their own schedule allows after they have completed a training session with an HOK representative. Volunteers are asked to wear shoes and work clothes that they don't mind getting dirty, bring a water bottle, snack and work gloves if you would like them. All tools will be provided.