Posted by: preservehawaii | January 17, 2011

Protecting Kauai’s Endangered Species

Diellia mannii, photo by David H. Lorence © Smithsonian Institution

Not only is the Kokeʻe Resource Conservation Program (KRCP) concerned about eradicating invasive species, they’re focused on preserving native species, such as two highly endangered ferns in the region, Diellia mannii and Diellia erect f. alexandri. By building fences around these fern populations, it prevents ungulates such as deer, goat, and pig from damaging these plants.

Volunteer opportunities include working in the mesic forest of Kokeʻe State Park, or the wet forest of Alakaʻi Wilderness Preserve. (The work involves strenuous hiking and may include the use of herbicides—if you prefer to not work with herbicides, the staff will design a volunteer project for you involving only pulling or cutting).

Join KRCP Mondays through Thursdays, or anytime by appointment. (Lodging is also available in their volunteer cabin by reservation.) Contact or visit the KRCP website:

Posted by: preservehawaii | January 10, 2011

Spotlight: Koke’e Resource Conservation Program

Learn about Kauaʻi’s native ecology while helping preserve it at Kokeʻe—one of Hawaiʻi’s most unique and botanically rich forest regions.

The Kokeʻe Resource Conservation Program (KRCP) needs volunteers to help them clear invasive weed species. Rustic housing is available—a few days’ work then affords you a few days off during your stay, when you can explore the drama of nearby Waimea Canyon and Alakaʻi Swamp, or peer over the cliffs into the majestic Kalalau Valley.

Check back here throughout January to learn more about KRCP’s volunteer opportunities. And visit their website:

Posted by: preservehawaii | January 3, 2011

January 17 Day of Service

mlk logoJanuary 17, 2011, will mark the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Dr. King had a vision of a society motivated by the ideals of nonviolence, equality, and service to one another. On January 17, we can help fulfill this vision by making it a day of service in our own communities.

To find out about projects happening near you, contact the organizations in your area (click on Find Volunteer Opportunities)—then tell us about it! (click on Share Your Story). For the national MLK Day website, go to

Posted by: preservehawaii | December 27, 2010

Live Aloha, Practice Malama

Maui Cultural Lands is based on the concepts of aloha (to give love and respect) and malama (to care for). It was the vision of Ed Lindsey, the late founder of MCL, that Honokowai Valley be a living classroom—an inspiring example for residents and visitors through the generations. In his words: “The future of this place will depend on the people who come in here.”


Be one of those people. Come and get dirty, learn how to work the land at Honokowai Valley on an upcoming Saturday, or at Kaheawa Wind Farm on a Sunday. If we live aloha and practice malama, we can make the world a better place.

Posted by: preservehawaii | December 20, 2010

Care for Native Species at Kaheawa

Many native species in the Hawaiian Islands are nearing extinction due to the massive influx of invasive plants and animals. Maui Cultural Lands focuses on replanting and strengthening the native plants, ensuring their continued vital role in Hawaiian culture.

In addition to Project Malama Honokowai, MCL cares for native species near the wind farm above Maʻalaea through Project Malama Kaheawa-Hanaʻula.

The Kaheawa project meets every Sunday at 9:45am in the parking lot adjacent to Carl’s Jr. in Maʻalaea. Dress for cold and prepare for rain (and getting dirty!). Wear closed-toe shoes. Bring lunch and water, and gloves if you have them.

Contact Maui Cultural Lands first to confirm your attendance and date/time:,

Posted by: preservehawaii | December 13, 2010

Help Restore Honokowai Valley

Beyond the resorts and the sugarcane fields, deep in the heart of Maui, there is a past unknown to us, yet so familiar. In Honokowai Valley, on Maui’s West Side, an estimated 600 Hawaiian families once lived and worked in a thriving village. Today, more than 100 years later, what they left behind tells a story of self-sufficiency and harmony with the natural environment.

It’s a story that continues to unfold through the efforts of volunteers like you—come help Maui Cultural Lands weed out invasive species, plant and care for native flora, and uncover stones that were once the foundation for Hawaiian homes and taro patches.

Project Malama Honokowai meets every Saturday at Puʻukoliʻi Train Station (Kaʻanapali) at 9:00am (normally emerging from the valley by 3:30-4:00pm). Dress to get dirty. Wear closed-toe shoes. Bring lunch and water, and gloves if you have them.

Contact to confirm the date and time.

Posted by: preservehawaii | December 6, 2010

Spotlight: Maui Cultural Lands

Maui Cultural Lands is a nonprofit, Maui-based land trust organization, established by Ed and Puanani Lindsey in February 2002. Their mission is to stabilize, protect, and restore Hawaiian cultural resources.

With projects at both Honokowai Valley and Kaheawa (the wind farm above Maʻalaea), MCL aims to restore these areas to a state of balance, so they’ll serve as places to learn, find peace, and honor those who have come before. With ongoing issues of urban sprawl and population growth in Maui’s future, looking to the past for answers has never been more important.

Check back here throughout December to see how you can join Maui Cultural Lands on an upcoming volunteer day, and visit their website:

Posted by: preservehawaii | November 29, 2010

Simplify the Holidays

Simplify the holidays with Kanu Hawaiʻi and Kokua Hawaiʻi Foundation. Make a commitment (or many!) to benefit local nonprofits, give alternative gifts, and reduce waste … Last year, commitments like these added up to big impact: More than 13 tons of waste was kept out of landfills and incinerators, 8 tons of greenhouse gases prevented, enough paper to save 215 trees, thousands of dollars donated and nearly 1,000 hours of service to local charities, and almost 1.5 tons of containers recycled.

Click here to join the growing campaign.

Posted by: preservehawaii | November 22, 2010

How to Respect Honu

Hawaiʻi’s green sea turtles are threatened—and not by their ocean-faring predators, but by those of us who aren’t aware of the harm we might be doing them. Beachgoers have been known to drag honu from the ocean, sit on them, lift them for a better picture, or try to turn them over.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of groups like Malama Na Honu, we can share with others how to respect these gentle creatures:

– Give basking honu their space, at least 6 feet.
– Never push a honu back into the water, or pour water on it. Allow them the freedom to come and go from the ocean.
– Don’t feed honu. Their diet comes from the sea.
– Dispose of your trash, and pick up any you see on the beach or in the water—it can do a lot of harm to sea life.
– Don’t buy items made of turtle shell.

Become a Honu Guardian with Malama Na Honu and learn more about educating others:

Posted by: preservehawaii | November 15, 2010

Volunteering for the Honu

Spending your days at a beautiful North Shore beach isn’t the only lure for volunteers with Malama Na Honu. Hear it from them:

“The heart of Malama Na Honu is the volunteers … What I did not realize at first was how nicely this volunteer opportunity would draw together my interest in marine biology and my love of teaching. As my commitment to Malama Na Honu increases, I have found that I am growing in ways I never imagined.” —Diana Bonsignore

“I have had so many great times at Laniakea on my Monday night sunset shift, with wonderful memories of winter evenings, very few people on the beach, honu basking, the sun setting, the surf pounding.” —Sarah Svedberg

Join the Honu Guardian team and create your own memories … visit to learn how.

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