Hui o Ko'olaupoko is honored to announce that with a generous grant from Hawaiian Electric, we will continue to offer free educational field trips in the 2019-2020 school year, as well as attack the invasive weeds and out-plant natives at all of our project sites!
The donation from Hawaiian Electric provides funds to support our successful, long-term restoration and education programs that directly involve community members in protecting watershed health at four of HOK’s restoration sites. This grant will help to strengthen our environmental education and community engagement programs by providing funding for HOK staff to implement environmental restoration work, while offering free hands-on environmental education to schools and community members.
The project sites will include HOK’s largest ecosystem restoration project at Heʻeia Estuary, and three of HOK’s Low Impact Retrofit sites: Kaha Native Plant Garden, Popoiʻa Stormwater Management Project and the Windward Community College Rain Gardens. These projects address issues related to Hawaiʻi’s water cycle, non-point source pollution prevention, watershed management, benefits of native Hawaiian plants and impacts of non-native flora, and positive/negative habitat alterations.
It is our our goal that participants will come away from these events feeling empowered to take an active role in protecting the island’s natural resources and learn about actions they can begin to implement on their own properties.
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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.