Think Tech Hawaii video about Kawainui and how we are working towards restoration of the cultural and natural resources.

Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi is part of the video about Kawainui Marsh. It gives up to date information about what the DLNR and groups like Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi are doing to restore the natural and cultural resources of Kawainui Marsh.  The video runs about 18 minutes and was shot at the DLNR bird ponds located in the area below Castle Medical Center. Enjoy.

The video can be watched on youTube at:


November 3, 2016 at 10:49 pm Leave a comment

EIS Preparation Notice for Kawainui

September 23, 2016 The Environmental Notice

Kawainui-Hāmākua Master Plan Project EISPN (Direct to EIS)

HRS §343-5 Trigger(s)

Use of State lands and funds; use of Conservation District lands


Koʻolaupoko District


(1) 4-2-003: 017 and 030; 4-2-013: 005, 010, 022 and 038; 4-2-016: 002 and 015; 4-2-017: 020; 4-2-103: 018 and 035; and 4-4-034: 025


Special Management Area Use Permit, Conservation District Use Permit, Department of the Army Permit

Proposing Agency

Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Marigold Zoll, O‘ahu Forestry and Wildlife Manager,, (808) 973-9787 P.O. Box 621, Honolulu, HI 96809

Accepting Authority

Governor, State of Hawai‘i
The Honorable David Y. Ige,, (808) 586-0034 Executive Chambers, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813


HHF Planners
Ronald Sato, AICP,, (808) 457-3172 733 Bishop; Street, Suite 2590, Honolulu, HI 96813


Administrative 30-day public review and comment period starts. Comments are due by October 24, 2016. Please send comments to the proposing agency and copy the accepting authority and the consultant.

This 986 acre project area in Kailua includes the Kawainui wetland and upland areas, Hāmākua Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, and Pu‘uoehu hillside. Proposed improvements are needed to support the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the Division of State Parks efforts in achieving their agency missions, to sustain and enhance the natural and cultural resources associated with this area, and increase public access and outdoor recreational opportunities. Proposed improvements fall into three major catego- ries: 1) natural resource management; 2) cultural resource management; and 3) educational and recreational initiatives. Natural resource management include wetland restoration, upland reforestation, storm water improvements, and support for manage- ment operations. Cultural resource initiatives would support traditional Hawaiian cultural practices in the area. Educational and recreational improvements would increase public access, provide passive outdoor recreational use, and support educational programs and stewardship.

September 29, 2016 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Join us on Saturday, September 3, 2016 for our Youth Led Kawainui/Ulupō Huakaʻi

KUPU and Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi are cosponsoring this special free event on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM. We’ll meet at Ulupo Heiau, go on a tour of Kawainui stopping at Kaha Park and Na Pohaku o Hauwahine. Then we’ll do protocol at Ulupo Heiau to be followed by hands-on restoration work at Ulupo. Lunch will be provided by Hale Kealoha & then talk story. To register for this event visit

Click on the following to download the flyer with details:   Youth Led Kawainui-Ulupo Heiau Huakaʻi Flyer_FINAL

August 26, 2016 at 6:37 am Leave a comment

Help Restore a native forest at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, Kawainui State Park reserve, Sat. Jan. 21, 2017

Please volunteer with Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 from 8:30 am -12 pm to help restore the native forest at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine located along Kapa’a Quarry Rd. by Kawainui, Kailua. Our restoration efforts at this site include removing alien plants and restoring with native plants. We are also maintaining a native wetland bird habitat in the marsh where we remove alien weeds. We will be primarily concerned with weeding and cleaning up areas, and possibly do some new native plantings and watering. Earn community service hours! Wear work clothes, shoes, (no slippers!) bring work gloves, weeding or cutting tool, bug spray, plenty water and a snack. Contact Ka’olu Luning at 263-8008 or email: for more information.


January 13, 2016 at 12:39 am 2 comments

Ulupo Heiau community work day Feb. 11, 2017

Join us at Ulupō Heiau on Saturday morning Feb. 11, 2017, from 8:30 to noon, when the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club and ‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi conduct their monthly community work day at this extraordinary wahi pana (celebrated, storied place). We will meet in the lower parking lot of the Kailua YMCA, begin with oli and orientation, and form up into work crews whose assignments usually include cutting back hau, weeding walls and ‘auwai, clearing out invasives at our bird pond, and preparing/maintaining lo’i kalo. Bring a cutting or digging tool, water bottles, bug spray, sunscreen, and a snack. Wear shorts or long pants, gloves, and hat. Please: no slippers or open toed shoes! Wear tabis or similar footwear when working in the lo‘i and wetland, and wear sturdy shoes in the dry land areas. All volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver (available that morning from the coordinators) prior to participating in the work. E alu, e alu, e kuilima, letʻs all join hands together in the work! Mahalo!

Questions? Contact Ahahui at 263-8008, or email to:


December 31, 2015 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

Community Service project at Ulupo Heiau State Park, Sat. Dec. 12, 2015

Join us on Saturday Dec. 12, 2015 at Ulupo Heiau to malama this wahi pana (sacred place). At 8:30 am we will begin our Oli Kahea and have an orientation to this mapele heiau. We will be cleaning out the hau, weeding in the auwai, cutting weeds in the marsh and preparing lo’i for planting. Bring a cutting or digging tool, water bottles, bug spray and a snack. Wear shorts or long pants, gloves, hat and use sun screen. No slippers or open toed shoes! Wear tabis or footwear when working in the loi and shoes in the land areas. We will end by 12:00 pm. Join us and earn those community service hours. Call 263-8008 or us at  for more information.

Also, if you would like to bring a group of volunteers on some other date, please feel free to contact us.

October 2, 2015 at 12:25 am Leave a comment

Sign up now for the 2015 Kailua Ahupua‘a Geology Tour

Signup now for the popular Kailua Ahupua’a Geology Tour to happen on Oct. 3, 2015:

A geology tour of the Kailua Ahupua’a, including Kawainui Marsh will be conducted on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Dr. Floyd McCoy, geology professor from the Windward Community College, will take the tour group to the Pali Lookout, AMERON quarry and Na Pohaku of Hauwahine, by Kawainui Marsh. He will explain how the Ko‘olau eruptive center was formed two million years ago and how the catastrophic collapse of the windward side of the shield volcano occurred. Dike formations and the quarrying operations by AMERON will be shown. Geological features of Kawainui will also be explained at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine. Bring your cameras, sun screen, wear outdoor gear and walking shoes.
The tour is co-sponsored by Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi and AMERON. Donations of $10 will be accepted. There will be a limit of 30 persons and reservations must be made by calling Ka’imi Rick Scudder at 263-8008 or via email at “email @”.
View south from overlook at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine.

View south from overlook at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine. Photo by Kaimi Scudder

September 23, 2015 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

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