Beginning in early February, HOK will begin work to clear the final acre of mangrove remaining on the He'eia Estuary Restoration Project on He'eia State Park property!
The final acre of mangrove lines the stream and northern portion of the bridge. The removal work is estimated to take four to five weeks and will be immediately followed by out-planting of native species. We welcome volunteers of all ages to be a part of the restoration efforts by joining one of our organized events.
The mangrove trees will be cut by hand (no machinery in the mud flats), the trunks will be removed whole to be used for offsite hale building projects, and the canopy and prop-roots will be cut to ground level and burned in compliance with the Department of Health: Clean Air Branch burn permits and regulations. Native out-planting will begin immediately after the mangrove removal work is completed.
For more information on this project and research supporting the removal of mangrove in Hawaii, please visit our website. If at any time you have questions or concerns please call HOK staff at 808-381-7202.
We are excited to begin the final phases of mass invasive species removal and we look forward to working with the community to help the area return to a native species dominated estuary.
Me ke aloha pumehana,
the Hui o Ko'olaupoko Staff and Board