Waihe'e Fish Passage Project Wrap-up
Throughout 2012 and 2013 Hui o Ko'olaupoko had the privilege of working with other partner organizations to address a project in the Waihe'e ahupua'a. The Waihe'e Fish Passage Project worked to modify an antiquated stream gauging station to allow upstream migration of native aquatic species in a way that will exclude non-native aquatic species and repair other failing aspects of the structure. The structure, built in 1935, had become undercut and posed a barrier for upstream migration of endemic and native aquatic species.
In August 2012, project work began to repair the front of the structure and build a rock face up one side of the overhang, creating a slow, steady flow of water favorable for O'opu migration. Additional work to repair other aspects of the structure and expand the rock face took place in Summer 2013 with the help of community volunteers.
Funders and partners for this project include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hawaii Fish Habitat Partnership, Hui o Ko'olaupoko, KEY Project, Honolulu Board of Water Supply, USGS, State of Hawaii: Department of Aquatic Resources. Collectively, these groups have formed the Waihe'e Ahupua'a Initiative (WAI).
Click here to read the full project report and view pictures.
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.