On January 26th, the sun rose on the One‘ula-Honouliuli shoreline, with more than 125 people preparing to spend their day in service to the ‘āina. The beautiful shoreline wilderness has suffered years of abuse, and since September 2012, more than 150 tons of rubbish has been hauled away from the land. For some reason, a small group of people have turned this storied landscape into their personal dumping ground.
On Saturday the 26th, keiki to kūpuna met at 8 a.m. and met with Kupuna Arline Eaton (founder of the Hoakalei Cultural Foundation), and then set off to collect the small and not so small debris that remains along the shore line. The program participants also learned about some of the rare native plants, marine life, cultural resources and traditions of the area. They then set out across the mile long stretch of shoreline from One‘ula Beach Park to White Plains Beach and collected more than 300 bags of rubbish.
This Hoakalei CF program, supported by individuals and families of ‘Ewa District; members of the Weed and Seed Program; Campbell H.S. ROTC; ‘Ewa Makai Middle School, Leadership Program; UH-West O‘ahu-Kealaikahiki and Leeward Community College; area Cub- and Boy- Scout Troups; Haseko (‘Ewa) Inc.; and many behind the scenes supporters is envisioned as a recurring effort in community stewardship. Hoakalei CF seeks to keep people involved as stewards, learning about the legacy of the honua ola (living environment) of Honouliuli and ‘Ewa District.
Mahalo a nui to all for your care and support. Kupuna taught us - "Ola ka ‘āina, ola ke kānaka!" (Healthy land, healthy people!)
The next event is planned for February 23, 2013, when we will be doing a wetland habitat restoration project to prepare for the nesting season of the endemic and endangered kukuluāe‘o (Hawaiian stilt).
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