Mahalo nui to everyone - Success at the Kauhale Wetland Preserve

"Ola ka ‘āina, ola ke kānaka!" 
(Healthy land, healthy people!)

(Photos on side highlight some of the day's activities.)

What a difference 100-plus sets of hands and backs make in helping bring health back to the land. The Hoakalei Cultural Foundation's annual wetland stewardship project held on February 23rd, 2013 was an incredible success. The rare Hawaiian kukuluāe‘o (stilts) now have a safer nesting ground for the upcoming season. The board and staff of the Hoakalei Cultural Foundation are deeply humbled by the great sharing of aloha ‘āina and work by so many volunteers. Mahalo a nui to:

Many individuals and family members of the 
‘Ewa District and larger island community;
Puuloa Outrigger Canoe Club and ohana;
‘Ewa Makai Middle School Leadership Program students, teachers and parents;
Leeward Community College Hawaiian/STEM program staff and students;
UH-West O‘ahu - Kealaikahiki staff and students;
‘Ewa Weed & Seed staff;
The Boys and Girls Club of ‘Ewa;
Tutunoa Mulivai and Boy Scout Troop 268;
The Mālama Learning Center;
Haseko (‘Ewa) Inc.;
Mitch Tynanes;
Perry White;
And many others unnamed but not forgotten.

After work at the wetland volunteers visited the Kauhale Heritage Trail and experienced some of the traditions of place through ancestral stories. The first phase of the Heritage Trail is now open for visitation by interested groups. 

Much aloha and mahalo to all who participated in this stewardship event. For more information about the Hoakalei Cultural Foundation or to make arrangements for educational site visits contact Kim Kalama (kalama@hoakaleifoundation.org), or Kepā Maly (kepa@hoakaleifoundation.org)