Service Projects at Kawainui Marsh

August 18, 2009 at 9:16 pm 1 comment


In cooperation with the following allied environmental and Hawaiian cultural organizations:

DLNR Division of State Parks & DOFAW, Windward YMCA

Invites you to kokua and malama the

Ramsar Kawainui/Hamakua Wetlands of International Importance

on our upcoming 2009 SERVICE PROJECTS

ULUPO HEIAU (Night of Inspiration) one of the first sacred temples to have been built as a “mapele” (agriculture) heiau by the first people or menehune and dedicated to Kaneulupo. The Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club and Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi are the co-curators at this State Park heiau complex and conduct service projects every second Saturday of the month to restore the ethno-botanical and cultural features.

NA POHAKU O HAUWAHINE (The rock formation of the Hawaiian Mo`o goddess and guardian of Kawainui Marsh) is located on the makai side of Kapa`a Quarry road about one mile in from Pali Highway. It offers a panoramic view into the “piko” of Kawainui Marsh where one can observe in tranquility the wetland birds and marsh vegetation. Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi is the curator for this sacred site. We are planting the 12 acres with native plants to recreate a dryland forest ecosystem. Brush removal and trail construction has revealed ancient Hawaiian terraces that align the massive rock outcrops. We are also working in the marsh, to create a wetland bird habitat. Service projects are held the third Saturday of each month.

KAWAINUI ESTUARY WETLAND BIRD ISLET RESTORATION – As part of the Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi restoration program in Kawainui Marsh, an islet located at the Kaha Park side of the Kawai Nui estuary has been cleared of alien vegetation and landscaped as a wetland bird habitat.

Meeting time for all service projects will be at 8:30 am and completed by 12:30 pm.  Meeting places for Ulupo Heiau will be at the heiau parking area next to the Windward YMCA. For Na Pohaku o Hauwahine it will be on the right side of Kapa’a Quarry Rd. about one mile from the intersection of Kapa’a Quarry Rd. and Kalanianaole Hwy.

(Dates of projects may be subject to change depending on weather or other circumstances.  Check for updates at the AML blog:


Sat. July 18    Na Pohaku o Hauwahine

Sat. Aug.  8    Ulupo Heiau – Lo’i Kalo

Sat. Aug. 15   Na Pohaku o Hauwahine

Sat. Sep. 12    Ulupo Heiau – Lo’i Kalo

Sat. Sep. 19           Na Pohaku o Hauwahine

Sat. Oct. 10    Ulupo Heiau – Lo’I kalo

Sat. Oct. 17    Na Pohaku o Hauwahine

Sat. Nov. 14    Ulupo Heiau – Lo’I kalo

Sat. Nov. 21    Na Pohaku o Hauwahine

Sat. Dec. 12    Ulupo Heiau – Lo’i Kalo

Sat. Dec. 19    Na Pohaku o Hauwahine

WHAT TO BRING:  Backpack, lunch, water, rain gear, mosquito repellent, gloves.

TOOLS: Sickles, pruners, handsaws, hand cultivators.

CALL: Phone: 593-0112 or email or for more information and to sign-up for these service projects.

(Rev. 7/07/09)


Entry filed under: announcement, conservation, education, Hawaiian, Hawaiian culture, Kawainui Marsh, lo'i kalo, Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, native ecosystems, non-profit, plants, restoration, service project, service projects, Ulupo Heiau, volunteer, wetlands.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Tom Bellit  |  October 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I am curious about any clean up efforts of which you are aware for the Kawainui Marsh State Park, which is located off Kapaa Quarry Rd., about 1/4 south of the intersection with Mokapu Drive (Kaneohe HS).
    Please advise of any ongoing events in which I can participate or a point of contact to pursue.
    Thanks, Tom 265-3754


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