Hui o Koʻolaupoko (HOK) is excited to announce the launch of our 2014 Makai to Mauka Fundraiser. This year's fundraiser includes two events that reflect HOK's mission of: protecting ocean health by restoring the ʻāina: mauka to makai.
The first event, Huakaʻi Makai (journey to the ocean), takes place on Sunday, November 2nd on Kailua Bay. This makai event includes a race for ocean enthusiasts in the categories of swimming, outrigger paddling and stand-up paddle boarding, choosing from three different courses in Kailua Bay. This event is a partnership with Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks and Kanaka Ikaika and aims to raise awareness about HOK's efforts to protect ocean health.
The second event, Huakaʻi Mauka (journey to the mountains), takes place on Saturday, November 8th on the beautiful grounds of Kualoa Ranch. This mauka event includes an elegant evening on the ranch featuring a cocktail hour with pupu's by Sweet Home Waimanalo and jeep tours to view HOK's Hakipuʻu Stream Restoration Project. The festivities will be followed by a farm to fork dinner collaboration by Chef Mark "Gooch" Noguchi of Pili Group, Chef John Memering of Cactus and Chef Kealoha Domingo of NuiKealoha. In addition, the evening will feature live music from Keauhou, an open beer and wine bar, a dessert bar and a robust silent auction.
We hope you will join us in making our inaugural fundraiser a huge success.
For Huakaʻi Makai race entries, Huakaʻi Mauka dinner tickets, and event sponsorship opportunities visit the
Hui o Ko'olaupoko website.
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is marking Earth Day 2014 with a multi-organizational partnership to teach participants that clean beaches are not only accomplished through physical cleaning, but more importantly through your actions within the ahupua'a system such as lifestyle choices, consumer/disposal behaviors and through proper management of your own property.
Hakipu'u Stream Restoration Project is one of 4 restoration locations and multiple beach cleanups that event participants will have the opportunity to participate at on April 19th. Non-profit partner Hui o Ko'olaupoko (HOK) will be hosting this site that is working to restore native forest around a mauka spring and stream. Check out this video from the site's first workday in 2012 and join HOK on April 19th to see how far we have come and loan a hand planting natives!
Hōkūleʻa SWS - Hakipuʻu Stream Restoration on Vimeo
Waikiki Aquarium Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo
Hui o Ko'olaupoko is honored to be building a rain garden at the Waikiki Aquarium. This 150 square foot rain garden will capture roof runoff from the Diamond Head side of the main building and infiltrate water in to an area vegetated with native plants suitable for a coastal environment.
The rain garden will be unveiled at The Waikiki Aquarium's annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. This earth day celebration on April 19th from 9am to 2pm highlights the impact we make on water sources from Mauka to Makai. The Waikiki Aquarium and 15 other organizations provide educational activities for both children and adults on how to preserve and protect this diverse environment. The event also boasts free aquarium admission and a native plant giveaway.
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.