As we move further into the new year, our staff at Hui o Ko'olaupoko already have reasons to pause and be thankful for the wonderful community that supports our work.
In the first two months of 2016 we have been fortunate to work with over 400 volunteers that have contributed 1000 hours of service to our project sites. We have worked with students from Kailua High School, Windward Community College, Hawaii Pacific University, KUPU and Hui Malama o Ke Kai and the entire freshman class of Kailua High School. These volunteers have spent time at many of the HOK project sites but most notably, they have cared for the freshwater spring at Hakipu'u, propagated and planted over 600 native plants and removed invasive mangrove at He'eia Estuary to make way for out-planting that began just two weeks ago.
We are additionally thankful for the wonderful support we have received this year from local businesses that support our work. Kailua Beach Adventures is a constant presence at the Popoi'a Street Project, helping with plant maintenance and debris pick up. Our January 30th Waimanalo Community Clean-up was supported by Castle Hospital, Pioneer/Dupont, Aloha Trucking, Keneke's and Timmy T's Gourmet Grinders.
And last but not least, we received news earlier this week that we were awarded a grant from the Hawaiian Electric Companies to continue our work on public land project sites and increase opportunities for educational field trips!
Thank you for your support of Hui o Ko'olaupoko and we hope you will have an opportunity to experience one of our amazing restoration sites in 2016.
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.