The 2843 acre ahupua'a of He'eia is home to a multitude of environmentally minded and active groups whose various goals are to research, restore, and preserve native ecosystems and cultural practices. Hui o Ko'olaupoko is honored to have been one of these organizations during our five year grant partnership to restore the upper reaches of He'eia Stream and we are excited to announce the next phase of this restoration work.
Beginning in late March 2015, HOK will begin work to remove invasive mangrove and other non-native vegetation from the mouth of He'eia Stream, on He'eia State Park property and restore the area with native vegetation.
With the help of volunteers and supporting organizations: Kama'aina Kids, Paepae o He'eia and Hui Ku Maoli Ola, HOK will work to remove invasive plant species from over 2.5 acres and reforest with native flora in an effort to improve the water quality of the stream and nearby Kaneohe Bay. Recent research suggests that mangrove removal benefits include an increase in oxygen levels and a decrease in Total Nitrogen with the removal of large quantities of leaf litter inputs.
Volunteers will play an extensive role in the re-planting of native species on this site and we will be announcing the schedule for monthly volunteer workdays in our April newsletter and social media outlets. In the mean time, please contact us if you would like more detailed project information.
The mission of Hui o Ko`olaupoko is to protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. This is done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage.