Although this may feel like a time of uncertainty, we are coming to a global understanding of how closely our communities are interconnected. We at HOK are doing everything we can to safely and responsibly fulfill our mission and vision, while also fulfilling our civic responsibilities towards protecting the overall health of the community. HOK staff has canceled all volunteer events through the month of April and our core staff will check on our project sites once weekly while the others tele-work.
Volunteers have always been a driving force behind HOK's projects and now, more than ever, we reflect on our gratitude to the 18,000+ volunteers that have served HOK over the last ten years. Without the help of these volunteers our small team would never be able to accomplish mass clearing and out-planting that has kept out sites progressing and looking amazing. We miss our regular volunteers, the school groups, and island visitors, and so many others, but we know that distance for now is the best option. We look forward to seeing you again in person!
Saturday March 21: International Day of Forests
Every March, the United Nations raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. This year the International Day of Forests promotes education to Learn to Love Forests. It underscores the importance of education at all levels in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Healthy forests mean healthy, resilient communities and prosperous economies.
Hawai'i's native forests are the source of clean, clear drinking water for more than a million Hawai'i residents and nearly ten times as many annual visitors. Last year, the Hawai'i Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) produced Forests for Life, a comprehensive, one-hour documentary that chronicles the life-giving importance of Hawai'i’s native forests.
As the documentary explores, Hawai'i’s native forests are also critical for a whole host of other benefits such as forests’ relationship to Hawaiian culture, protection of rare plants and animals, and barriers against flood, fire, and erosion. Join us on March 21st at our He'eia Estuary Restoration Project to learn more about the positive and negative impacts of mangrove forests in the State of Hawai'i and our work to restore native plants into various landscapes throughout Ko'olaupoko.
The State of Hawaii is hosting the 3rd annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Month (HISAM) for the month of February 2020. HISAM is an expansion on the past 7 years of hosting the Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week and is organized in coordination with the U.S. National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). HISAM seeks to promote information sharing and public engagement in what the Hawaii State Legislature has declared “the single greatest threat to Hawaii’s economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of Hawaii’s people.”
CHECK OUT THE HISAM 2020 EVENTS LIST AND GET INVOLVED: CLICK HERE!
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.