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‘Ahahui Mālama I Ka Lōkahi


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Orientation at Na pohaku o hauwahine Students planting at Na pohaku o hauwahine Girl volunteers planting among the large rocks Volunteers clearing and planting on the north side Volunteers starting the day on the trail to the top volunteers clearing a small islet at Kawainui volunteer firemen help clear the marsh at Kawainui

What you need to know
as a volunteer.



E mālama i ka ‘āina!
(care for the land!)

Upcoming opportunities
to participate in our Saturday service projects:


Nothing Scheduled


‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi offers regularly scheduled volunteer workdays for groups or individuals. Private experiences for school, church, club, or company groups can be arranged at our Service Project sites described below. Or, individuals can join NPEG at Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine almost any Saturday from noon to five. Once experience is gained in taking care of the wahi pana and its native flora, a regular volunteer becomes a park docent and sets his/her own work schedule. Contact us for more information on however you wish to get involved in caring for these culturally significant sites in Kailua Ahupua‘a. Sites under the care of ‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi are described below (follow links for detailed information).

liko bullet ULUPŌ HEIAU (Night Growth) one of the first sacred temples to have been built as a "māpele" (agricultural heiau) by the first people or menehune and dedicated to Kāneulupō.  Later in the reign of high chief Kuali‘i, the temple may have been reconstructed as a luakini or war temple heiau. The Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club and ‘Ahahui Mālama I ka Lōkahi are the co-curators at this State Park heiau complex and conduct service projects every second Saturday of the month to restore the ethnobotanical and cultural features.

liko bullet NĀ PŌHAKU O HAUWAHINE (Rocks of the Hawaiian Mo‘o goddess and guardian of Kawainui Marsh) is located on the marsh side of Kapa‘a Quarry road at the Y-intersection (old Kapa‘a Landfill Transfer Station entrance), mauka of the steep drop in the road. The site offers a panoramic view into the "piko" of Kawainui Marsh where one can observe in tranquility the wetland birds and marsh vegetation. ‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi is the curator for this newly designated State Park. We are planting the 12 acres with native plants to recreate a native lowland forest, presently with 80 species of Hawaiian natives and early Polynesian introductions growing there. Brush removal and trail construction has revealed ancient Hawaiian terraces that align with the the massive rock outcrops. We are also working in the marsh, to form wetland bird habitat. Service projects are held the third Saturday of each month. However, contact NPEG for volunteering on other days.

liko bullet KAWAINUI ESTUARY WETLAND BIRD ISLET and KAHA NATIVE LANDSCAPE RESTORATION—As part of the ‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi restoration program in Kawainui Marsh, an islet located at the Kaha Park side of the Oneawa estuary has been cleared of alien vegetation and landscaped as a wetland bird habitat (SEE Mitigation Islet Restoration). ‘Ahahui joined with the Kailua Bay Advisory Council to maintain a Hawaiian plant landscape at Kaha (Kawainui Neighborhood) Park. Mālama for Kaha Garden has now passed to Hui o Ko‘olaupoko.


Volunteering? What you need to know...

Typically, volunteer work starts at 8:30 am and goes to around 12:30 pm. Meeting place for Ulupō is at the heiau parking area behind the Windward YMCA off Kailua Road. To reach the "Y", turn onto Uluoa St. (one long block Kailua side of Castle Medical Center) from Kailua Road, go one block to Manu-Aloha St., turn right and go to the end, turn right again on Manu-Oo into the "Y" parking lot. Look for the open gate to the left of the YMCA buildings. This narow road goes to the heiau parking lot.

Meeting place for Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine, parking and access is along Kapa‘a Quarry Rd. about one mile in from the intersection of Kapa‘a Quarry Rd. and Kalaniana‘ole Hwy. Look for gravel parking along both sides of the road 100 yds before the sharp "dip" in the road.

Note that the dates of projects are subject to change depending on weather or other circumstances. 

Always check for the latest information at the AML blog []

BRING: Backpack, lunch, water, rain gear, mosquito repellent, gloves. Neither potable water nor bathroom facilities are available at Nā Pōhaku.

TOOLS: Tools will be provided in most cases. You may want to bring pruners, handsaws, or small picks if you have.

CALL: Richard Ka‘mi Scudder for more information and to sign-up: Phone: 808 263-8008 or email: Read the rules for volunteers as presented on this AML page.

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