Kalihi Stream is a jewel tucked among urban Kalihi on Oʻahu. Sparkling with damselflies and rich with native goby, shrimp, prawn, and mollusc, the stream is also host to garbage and metal debris, while the streambank has been invaded by nonnative species that threaten the survival of the local flora and fauna.
Every 2nd Saturday, volunteers with KAUPA (Kalihi Ahupuaʻa Ulu Pono Ahahui) splash through the stream in their boots, clearing the waters and restoring the streambank with native plantings. Since 2007, volunteers have donated 8,000 hours, removing almost 10,000 lbs (5 tons) of garbage and 8,000 lbs of metals, while planting over 400 native plants. It’s mind-boggling to think all this debris could have washed down into Keʻehi Lagoon, through Honolulu Harbor, and out into the ocean!
Meet at Kalihi Waena Elementary School, 1240 Gulick Avenue.
Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
KAUPA provides gloves, boots, bags, tools, and light refreshments.
Upcoming in August:
Volunteers will help build three traditional Hawaiian dry-stack walls along the streambank, to reduce erosion and provide terracing for more plantings. KAUPA is honored to have master stone mason, Billy Fields, to share how to build these kipapa-style walls.