Listed below are the multiple opportunities you will have during the Mauka to Makai Earth Day Event at Kualoa Ranch. Upon arrival at the ranch on April 19th, participants will be asked to check in and then go to the area designated to the service project they want to participate in. Once the quota of volunteers are filled for the specific activity, the sign up for that activity will be closed. We have 8 buses total which means 100 participants per busing location (fishpond, stream restoration, lo’i, or native planting) and as many to the beach as possible (no max). We will be walking to Kualoa Beach and ask that everyone use extra caution when crossing the street.
For the other beach cleanup locations we ask that you go directly there (Kalamas in Kailua, Laie, and Kahuku). In Kailua at Kalama Beach Park we will have Hawaiian Electric Company, Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks, Kalaheo High School, Ocean Devotion, Oahu Spine and Rehab, and some of our own Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii crew there to manage. At Laie we will have the Kahuku Bodyboards Association managing. At Kahuku we will have KUPU and Surfrider managing.
Upon completion of the service work, we encourage all to come and join us at Kualoa Ranch for an afternoon of good food, live music, education, games, giveaways and more. The festival is free and open to the public. There will be limited free food for service project participants along with 1000 t-shirts given out to the participants. There will be a vegetarian/gluten free option provided by Life Foods (check them out here) and a local favorite (spam musubi) from Kenekes option for food, while it lasts. We encourage you to bring a pack lunch just in case we run out of food.
The activities you can choose from are:
- Beach Cleanups at Kahuku Beach, Laie, Kualoa, and Kalama Beach Park
- Native Planting with Papahana Kuaola
- Stream Restoration with Hui o Ko’olaupoko
- Lo’i work day with Kako’o O’iwi
- Fish Pond Restoration with Paepae o He’eia
We suggest that you:
- Get there early in order to secure your place at the service project you want to work at. Check in begins at 8:30AM.
- No restroom facilities are available at some sites so make sure you ‘go’ at Kualoa Ranch.
- Please wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet & muddy.
- Bring a water bottle, work gloves and bug spray.
- Participants under age 18 must have adult supervision.
Required for Stream Restoration and Fish Pond Restoration
- Closed-toe shoes are required, long pants and a long sleeve shirt are recommended to help fend off mosquitoes.
- Volunteers will not be allowed to hike in or leave the worksite apart from the main group.
Hakipu’u Stream Restoration: This project began as a two year restoration & grant partnership between Kualoa Ranch and Hui o Koʻolaupoko in 2012 and 2013. Although the grant period has ended, maintenance and continued out-planting of the project is critical to its success. The project involves the protection of a natural mauka sprink through removal of invasive plant species along the stream corridor, replanting with native species and installation of ungulate enclosure fencing. Additional goals of the project include reducing sediment entering Hakipuʻu Stream and Kāneʻohe Bay and increasing habitat for native aquatic species such as ʻōpae kalaʻole and ʻoʻopu.
Volunteers will be involved in hand pulling small invasive weeds from the semi-remote mauka spring, stream and riparian. We have also set aside 400 native plants for participants of the Sustainable Coastlines: Mauka to Makai to out-plant during their visit to Hakipu’u on April 19th.
Beach Cleanups: Participants will get to see first hand the copious amounts of marine debris washing ashore on Oahu’s eastern coastline. This phenomenon is apparent throughout the island chain and not specific just to Oahu. We will be using sifters to remove the microplastic and also recycling as much of the marine debris that we can. Our existing partnership with Method Home (soap/cleaner maker) has allowed us to recycle previously unrecyclable marine debris. All debris will be brought back to Kualoa Ranch for a final screening and sorting. The public is welcome to join us in this activity.