Due to human interaction with the island environment, the native ecosystem has been significantly altered over the course of thousands of years. For example, invasive plants and animals dominate our forests; the path of streams has been altered through dams, diversions, channelization and/or flood mitigation projects; stream banks are eroding; impacts from livestock grazing and agricultural practices; impairment of aquatic specie migration, etc. All of these activities cumulatively impact water quality along all reaches of the stream.
Most of Hui o Ko`olaupoko projects focus on riparian (stream corridor) restoration. HOK works with various landowners and agencies to restore the land back to its native ecosystem.
Watershed restoration activities include:
- Fencing to keep out nuisance animals
- Land clearing and weeding to remove invasive plant species
- Replanting with native vegetation
- Erosion control practices
HOK works with community volunteers who dedicate their time to restore and maintain some very beautiful and special restoration project sites.
Click on the pictures of our restoration projects (to the right) to be redirected to the project pages to learn more about HOK's restoration projects and how you can get involved!
Past Watershed Restoration Projects