Posts filed under ‘Kawainui Neighborhood Park’

Cultural and Natural History of Kawainui Marsh Tour, Sat. Sep. 7, 2013

Join us on a cultural and natural history of Kawainui Marsh tour on Saturday September 7, 2013 from 8:30am to 12:30 pm.  Chuck “Doc” Burrows, VP of the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club, will lead the tour.

This is an introductory natural and cultural history tour of Kawainui Marsh. It will include interpretive sites around Kawainui Marsh.

Travel back in time when Kawainui Marsh and Kaelepulu Pond (Enchanted Lake) were ocean bays and the first Polynesians came to the shores of the ancient Kawainui Lagoon, constructed their heiau, (sacred temples), fishpond and taro terraces. Chuck “Doc” Burrows will lead participants on the driving/walking tour. Learn about Ulupo Heiau, Na Pohaku o Hauwahine and the Kawainui Estuary at Kawainui Neighborhood (Kaha) Park. He will explain how these sites were used in ancient and historic periods, and fplans being worked on by community volunteers, State and Federal agencies to restore the health of the natural and cultural ecosystems of the marsh and the Kailua Ahupua’a.
The tour will start at 8:30 am and should be completed by 12:30 pm. A donation of $10 is requested. Contact Kaimi Scudder at 263-8008 or email “emai l@”  Please register early and receive more information. There will be a limit of 25 persons. Reservations must be made by calling Kaimi Scudder at 263-8008 or by email: email @
The tour is co-sponsored by the Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi and the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club.  We will car pool between sites.


Kaimi Scudder, Administrator
Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi


August 29, 2013 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

Learn about Kawainui and share your thoughs about how we should share Kawainui-Hamakua with the community and visitors.

On behalf of Ho‘olaulima ia Kawainui, Ahahui would like to thank you for your interest and support of our community outreach for Kawainui. For the past 6 years, Ho‘olaulima has been gathering background information on Kawainui-Hamakua for the development of an interpretive plan. Now that we have inventoried the natural and cultural resources, developed some interpretive themes (messages), identified the potential audience, and gathered information about various interpretive techniques, we believe it’s time to share this information with the community and seek their input on the interpretive opportunities. We are asking the community to share what they would like to see at Kawainui. The input we receive will allow us to move forward with the interpretive planning process and we hope to weave our interpretive recommendations into the Kawainui Master Plan update being conducted by DLNR.

You can download the flyer for our first round of six public outreach meetings in the Kailua community to be held from September to November. Please join us at one or more of these meetings. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in getting the word out to your friends and contacts. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and exploring ways to share the special resource of Kawainui-Hamakua with the community and visitors.

Download the pdf flyer here: Kawainui Outreach Flyer_Sept11

September 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

Public Lecture: “Glimpses of Primeval Kailua,” by Dr. John Culliney April 2, 2010

Title: “Glimpses of Primeval Kailua: Landscapes, Plants and Wildlife Before Humans Arrived.”

Dr. John Culliney, professor of biology at Hawaii Pacific University and contributing author of the natural history of Kawainui in the recent published book Kailua will give a lecture presentation “Glimpses of Primeval Kailua: Landscapes, Plants, and Wildlife Before Humans Arrived”, on Friday April 2nd from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Faith Baptist Church on 1230 Kailua Rd. next to the Windward YMCA.

The next day Saturday April 3rd from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Rick Barboza co-owner of the native plant nursery Hui Ku Maoli Ola, will conduct a tour of the botanical plant restoration sites in Kawainui Marsh.  Site visits will be at Ulupo Heiau, Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, Kawainui Park and ending at the Hui Ku Maoli Ola nursery in Haiku Valley.

The botanical lecture and tour are sponsored by Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi and the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club.  A donation fee of $10 for the tour is requested.  Tour reservations will be limited to 30 persons. Please call Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi at 263-8008 or send an email to <> to attend the lecture and to sign up for the plant tour.

March 27, 2010 at 3:42 am Leave a comment

Ramsar World Wetlands Day at Kailua Saturday, Feb. 6th

Don’t miss out on this. Ramsar World Wetlands Day on Saturday Feb. 6th from 9am to 2pm, at the parking structure behind Longs Drugs in Kailua, Oahu. Free natural and cultural history bus tours around Kawainui Marsh by Doc Burrows and Dr. Paul Brennan. Free walking tours to Hamakua Marsh along Hamakua Drive. See native waterbirds! Visit the displays of different organizations and listen to the talks about wetlands and global warming. Many hands on activities for the kids.

Sponsored by Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and Ameron.

February 5, 2010 at 1:52 am Leave a comment

Birds of the Marsh Tour Sat. Dec. 5th

Birds of the Marsh tour

Leader: Ron Walker, wildlife biologist

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009   (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Learn about Hawaii’s endangered waterbirds and the efforts to restore the Kawainui, Hamakua and Kaelepulu wetlands.

The tour will go to Hamakua wetlands at Creekside in Kailua, then to Kaelepulu. The third stop would be at Kawainui Neighborhood Park (Kaha) to look at the Kawainui Estuary and islets and, finally to Na Pohaku o Hauwahine to look at the volunteer created wetland bird restoration project.

This natural history tour is co-sponsored by Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi, Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club, Kawai Nui Heritage Foundation and the Hawaii Audobon Society.

A $5.00 donation is requested. We will car-pool between sites.

Please sign up for the tour with Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi by calling 593-0112 or emailing to

November 19, 2009 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment

Sign up for June 6th Native Plants tour around Kawainui Marsh

Mao hau hele with its bright yellow flowers at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine.

Mao hau hele with its bright yellow flowers at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine.

Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi will conduct a Native Plants tour around Kawainui Marsh on June 6, 2009.  Mark your calendar. The tour will be led by Rick Barboza of Hui Ku Maoli Ola nursery. We’ll car pool between sites. The tour will visit Ulupo Heiau ethnobotanical restoration, Na Pohaku o Hauwahine native forest and wetland restoration, Kawainui Park native garden and the Hui Ku Maoli Ola nursery in Haiku. Donation of $5 requested.

Sign up with Ahahui for this tour by calling Kaimi Scudder at 593-0112. or emailing “”

April 24, 2009 at 2:11 am Leave a comment

Community Meeting on Future of Kawainui Marsh invite from Sen. Tokuda

Kawai Nui Marsh Discussion on Next Steps – March 28th

Dear Friends, As you know, the transfer of title between the City & County and the State of Hawaii last year was a critical turning point for the restoration and preservation of Kawai Nui Marsh. With land ownership now resolved, it is important that we take the next steps as a community to determine our shared vision for the marsh and the best way to get there. From the conversations I’ve had with our congressional delegation and various federal agencies, there is a strong interest and desire to continue supporting projects in the marsh. Knowing this, the community advocates who have shouldered the weight of protecting and restoring Kawai Nui all these many years should provide the direction for where we go from here, and what projects are a priority for the community. On Saturday March 28th from 1:30pm-4:00pm at Le Jardin Academy’s Wong Auditorium, the Harold Castle Foundation and I will be hosting the first in what will likely be a series of facilitated planning discussions on Kawai Nui Marsh. Your presence and participation will be critical to our success. Please help us, also, by forwarding this invitation to past, present and future stakeholders and advocates for the marsh. If you will be able to attend, please contact us at 587-7215 or via email at This will give us a headcount, and help us plan for the event. If you have any questions or cannot attend but would like to be kept informed about the outcomes of the discussion, please do not hesitate to contact us as well. I look forward to seeing you there!

Mahalo! Jill

Senator Jill N. Tokuda

District 24 Kaneohe, Kailua, and Enchanted Lake

Majority Whip

Chair, Committee on Higher Education

Vice Chair, Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture & Hawaiian Affairs

Phone: 587-7215 Fax: 587-7220

Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi encourages your participation in this meeting.

Kaimi Scudder

March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

Ahahui Service Projects


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

DLNR Division of State Parks, Windward YMCA, Hui O Ko‘olaupoko

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 and KAHA NATIVE LANDSCAPE 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. Ahahui assists Hui o Ko‘olaupoko in maintaining a Hawaiian plant landscape at Kaha (Kawainui Neighborhood Park).

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. For the Kaha Landscape maintainence we meet at the Kawainui Neighborhood Park.

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


Sat. Feb. 21 Na Pohaku o Hauwahine
Sat. Feb. 28 Kaha (Kawainui Neighborhood Park)
Sat. Mar. 14 Ulupo Heiau – Lo’i Kalo
Sat. Mar. 21 Na Pohaku o Hauwahine
Sat. Mar. 28 Kaha (Kawainui Neighborhood Park)
Sat. Apr. 11 Ulupo Heiau – Lo’I kalo
Sat. Apr. 18 Na Pohaku o Hauwahine
Sat. Apr. 25 Kawainui Estuary Islet (by Kaha Park)
Sat. May 9 Ulupo Heiau – Lo’i Kalo
Sat. May 16 Na Pohaku o Hauwahine
Sat. May 23 Kaha (Kawainui Neighborhood Park)

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. 2/28/09)

March 3, 2009 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

Celebrate Ramsar World Wetlands Day Feb. 16th

Learn about why Kawainui and Hamakua Marsh are listed as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. There will be exhibits, talks and wetland places to go check out. Free – open to the public.

Kawainui Neighborhood Park, (at end of Kaha Street), Kailua, Hawaii


9:00am Welcome & Opening Protocol
• Sam Ohukaniohia Gon
• Herb Lee, Master of Ceremonies
“Ramsar Designation for Wetlands of Importance”
• Dr. Charles Burrows, ‘Ahahui Mālama I Ka Lōkahi
“DLNR’s Vision for Kawainui-Hāmākua”
• Laura H. Thielen, Chairperson of DLNR
”City Support for Kawainui Marsh”
• Cyndy Aylett, Project Manager, Mayor Hanneman’s Office
“Kawainui Marsh Environmental Restoration Project”
• Nani Shimabuku, Army Corps of Engineers
“Managing Kawainui-Hāmākua Wildlife Sanctuary”
• Paul Conry, Administrator, DOFAW
• Senator Jill Tokuda
• Representative Cynthia Thielen
• Representative Pono Chong
• Terry George, Castle Foundation
Recognition of the Stewards of Kawainui
9:00am Wetland Exhibits
10:00am Depart Kawainui Neighborhood Park for Tour Sites
10:30am Tours Begin at 4 Sites
• Ka‘elepulu Pond • Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine
• Hāmākua Marsh • Kaha Native Plant Garden
12:00pm Closing Remarks

February 12, 2009 at 4:45 am Leave a comment

Service project at Kaha Garden Sat. Dec. 27th

You are invited to work with Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi this Saturday Dec. 27th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm to maintain the Hawaiian Plant Garden at the Kawainui Neighborhood Park (Kaha Park). The garden demonstrates the growing of Hawaiian native plants in a xeriscape garden and how stream banks can be stabilized with native plants. Bring a weeder, gloves, water, snack or lunch and wear comfortable work clothing for the day. Call Ahahui at 593-0112 for more information and to sign-up.

December 19, 2008 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

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