to participate in our Saturday service projects:
‘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).
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
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.
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.
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.
for the latest information at the AML blog [http://www.ahahui.wordpress.com]
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the rules for volunteers as presented on this AML page.