Hope for the Bay
Our Huki’s are volunteer based events that bring the community together in order to restore the health of Maunalua Bay. Approximately 100 participants per event come out to the bay and remove Invasive Alien Algae (IAA). Leather mudweed, the most detrimental IAA to the bay rids the coastal environment of oxygen causing uninhabitable conditions for many native marine species, therefore degrading many coastal resources. Malama Maunalua continues to partner with community members, TNC, NOAA, and Pono Pacific in order to remove highly competitive alien algae. With the ongoing effort, over 3 million lbs of IAA has been removed from Paiko Beach. We have noticed the reestablishment of native species and we continue our efforts to restore the bay back to a productive ecosystem for future generations to enjoy. Want to get involved? Check out our Calendar of Events, Request an Event, Volunteer or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Stewards of the Bay
Educational huki’s are events focused for grade school students. These fun and exciting informational events are a great way for students to understand the importance of a healthy watershed. Students will get the chance to identify limu; both invasive and native species, and will also be informed on the connection between the mountains and sea (mauka to makai). After these informative and fun workshops, students will put their knowledge to practice by participating in a small huki. Some of our past participants include Kamehameha Schools, Lunalilo, Niu Middle School, Punahou, St. Andrews, and Waialae.
Partnering with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and with the assistance from volunteers, we continue to monitor Maunalua Bay. By monitoring areas of Maunalua Bay we can determine how the area is recovering from the large scale removal called the “Great Huki” in 2009. As well as identify areas of high IAA coverage that can be prioritized for community huki events. With this knowledge we can develop and prioritize a maintenance plan that will keep the Paiko region clean of IAA
Maintenance of the Paiko region is achieved through a combination of community huki events and a group of community volunteers known as Kuahui who pull on a daily basis. This small group of hard working volunteers meticulously clear areas previously pulled by community huki’s down to less than 10% Avranvilla Amdelpha. They are essential in the fact that they clean up the remaining mudweed after each pull. With their dedication we continue to reduce the amount of IAA and increase the chances of natural reestablishment of native species such as Nenue, our native endemic seagrass.
After each community huki event, approximately 3000 lbs of IAA is removed. As a community who has witnessed the harmful effects of IAA to our coastal resources, every measure of the disposal process is taken into account in order to prevent further introduction to other parts of Oahu. We are very thankful that Otsuji Farms has allowed us to dispose of the IAA at their farm. They have found that the IAA works as a great soil amendment. Although IAA may not be great for the bay, it supplies the soil with rich nutrients, which aids in the production of healthy and delicious crops.
Envisioning a Healthy and Productive Maunalua
In order to be completely successful in obtaining a healthy Maunalua watershed it is important to understand that huki’s are only a part of restoring our bay. Please check out our other programs for more information: Pulama Wai, Koko Head rain garden, Koko Marina water quality improvement, and Hoonui Ia.