We are Kamaaina and Malihini. Working professionals and retirees. School kids. Full time staff members and dedicated volunteers. We have come together to form Malama Maunalua, a community-based, non-profit group committed to restoring the health of Maunalua Bay.
We consider the Bay to be one of the cultural and environmental treasures of Hawaii. Together with more than 3,000 volunteers and our partners, we are implementing a long-term conservation plan that is based in science and draws extensively on local knowledge of long-term residents of the Maunalua region.
To achieve tangible, sustainable improvements in the Bay’s health, we have focused on the three solutions determined by scientists to have the biggest positive impact: removing invasive alien algae, reducing run-off that carries sediment and pollutants into the Bay, and increasing marine life.
We have partnered with some of the top environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and Pono Pacific. Together, we are making a huge difference. In 2010 – 2011 we have cleared 26 acres of invasive alien algae out of Maunalua Bay.
It’s a great beginning, but we need your help and support to restore Maunalua Bay to its former health.
to conserve and restore a healthy and productive Maunalua Bay through community kuleana.
A Maunalua Bay where marine life is abundant, the water is clean and clear, and people take kuleana in caring for the Bay.
We are small and efficient with a handful of staff supported by an amazing group of volunteers and guided by a seven-person board of directors. Our projects are made possible through grants and community contributions.
More about our projects can be found at Projects and Priorities. Our Conservation Action Plan can found under Resources.
Maunalua Bay in southeast Oahu stretches from Black Point to Koko Head. The Maunalua region includes the Bay and extends up to the summit of the Ko‘olau Mountains, covering roughly 22 square miles of land, seven miles of shoreline and 6½ square miles of ocean waters. About 67,000 people call this place home.
Eia Mākou Mālama Maunalua
Eia mākou Mālama Maunalua! (We are Mālama Maunalua)
People of the ‘āina and ocean, those who dwell and care for beloved Maunalua
In the Kona district of O‘ahu of Ali‘i Kākuhihewa
Maunalua, where the ‘iwa flies above the clouds
‘Elepaio (native flycatcher) chatter and flutter among the koa
The twin feathers of the ‘auku‘u (Black-crowned night heron) are tossed by the beach wind
And the schools of ‘ama‘ama (mullet) swim below
From Kawaihoa (Portlock Point) where Kāne brought forth life-giving water
To the crashing waves of Kūpikipiki‘ō (Black Point)
Kuamo‘o-o-Kāne‘apua (Koko Head) and Kohelepelepe (Koko Crater) are majestic
Maunalua extends to the cliffs of Pu‘u-o-Kona (of Kuli‘ou‘ou) and Pu‘u Lanipō (of Wai‘ālae Nui)
To the reefs built by coral polyps, our kin, and the sandy flats where the sea grasses dance
Cherished is the fishpond, Ke‘ahupua-o-Maunalua, its companion is Ka‘elepulu (in Kailua)
Laukupu, a mo‘o, is the guardian of Maunalua
The sea of Koko is for ‘Ouha, the akua manō (shark god) who stands guard
In honor of the akua (gods), our ‘aumakua (family gods), and kūpuna kahiko (ancestors)
We take on this kuleana to learn, share, laulima (work together), and persevere
Our spirits fly high like the ‘iwa above, our intentions, true and deep as Kanaloa’s seas
We will protect, honor, and mālama Maunalua to the last breath
Eia mākou ‘o Mālama Maunalua! (We are Mālama Maunalua)
Lance “Mahi” La Pierre, Maunalua, Kona, O‘ahu, May 9, 2008