Posted by: preservehawaii | September 13, 2010

Wildlife Rescue and Rehab

Birds with a broken leg or wing, sick pueo (Hawaiian owls) or ʻio (Hawaiian hawks) … if you’re on the Big Island and find an injured animal by the side of the road (or anywhere on island), call Three Ring Ranch. They’ll come and get it—or make sure that the nearest facility does—and work to rehabilitate it, then release it back to the wild whenever possible.

Phone: (808) 331-8778

Three Ring Ranch is a nonprofit, fully accredited, entirely volunteer-run wildlife sanctuary dedicated to animal care and education. Visit their website to learn more about their programs, and how you can get involved:

Posted by: preservehawaii | September 6, 2010

Spotlight: Three Ring Ranch

Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, amnesty drop-off for exotic animals, education and volunteering—Three Ring Ranch offers all this and more. Started over 10 years ago by Drs. Ann and Norm Goody, the ranch began with a zebra named Oreo, former resident of the now-defunct Molokaʻi Ranch Safari Park. Now a sanctuary for multitudes of exotic species (flamingoes, oryx, parrots, to name a few), the ranch also accepts and rehabilitates injured native species, like nene (Hawaiian goose) and pueo (Hawaiian owl), then releases them back to the wild.

The good doctors share their expertise in animal rescue and care, along with the skills of animal “whispering” to interns and volunteers, and on intimate group tours. Check back here throughout September—or visit their website:—to learn more.

Posted by: preservehawaii | August 30, 2010

Low-Impact Kauaʻi Volunteering!

The National Tropical Botanical Garden’s south shore gardens offer just the right volunteer opportunities for those who’d like to get their hands in the dirt—without bending down to get there.

At the NTBG’s Nursery and Horticulture Center, volunteers help with collecting seeds, plant propagation, fertilization, pot sterilization, and more. The work is done standing at waist-high tables, and stools are available.

Join the fun every Monday and Wednesday—Mondays are especially social as the volunteer group shares a potluck luncheon, followed by a brief educational lecture about the “plant of the week” from the NTBG nursery manager.

Contact to join in, or visit the NTBG website by clicking here.

Posted by: preservehawaii | August 23, 2010

Help with Breadfruit Research


On the south shore of Kauaʻi, a living collection of breadfruit grows in the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s McBryde Garden—over 25 varieties of this Pacific region staple food.

Volunteering with NTBG’s Breadfruit Institute means documenting the fruits, their sizes, presence of flowers, and signs of disease or rot, which if not caught early can spread quickly throughout the entire forest. By helping researchers better understand this important crop, you’ll be enhancing its value for food and reforestation in tropical regions around the world.

Click here to go to the Breadfruit Institute’s website, or contact directly to learn how you can help.

Posted by: preservehawaii | August 16, 2010

Maintain Native Hawaiian Plants on Kauaʻi’s South Shore

volunteers with national tropical botanical gardenOne of the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s biggest needs for volunteers is helping maintain their Native Hawaiian plantings at McBryde Garden. Working alongside knowledgeable and trained staff, you’ll learn about the living collections of these rare and endangered plants, and how to best caretake them.

No experience is necessary—all you need are long pants and closed-toe shoes. The garden supplies the tools and gloves. Volunteers are asked to make a 3-hour minimum commitment anytime between 7:30am and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Contact to sign up, or visit the NTBG website by clicking here.

Posted by: preservehawaii | August 5, 2010

Spotlight: National Tropical Botanical Garden

What we know as the tropics is home to a remarkable 90 percent of the world’s plants and animals—home also to the highest extinction rate on the planet.

As a volunteer with the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), you can help intercept this unfortunate statistic. Four NTBG gardens are in Hawaiʻi—three on Kauaʻi and one in Hana, Maui. A fifth garden is in Florida. These locales are ideal homes away from home for wild-collected tropical species, as well as native Hawaiian plant conservation, habitat restoration, and the perpetuation of traditional local knowledge.

Check back throughout August for how to help NTBG this summer, or contact them directly at

Posted by: preservehawaii | July 26, 2010

KAUPA Urges You to Upcycle!

How can we be a positive force in reducing the amount of waste that goes into our landfills? The 3Rs are a start—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Or better yet, we can Upcycle—converting waste materials into fashionable bags, totes, pencil cases, and more! (Plus each eligible piece of trash can be redeemed for $.02 each.)

What items are eligible? Drink pouches, chip bags, cookie and candy wrappers, gum wrappers and packaging, pens and markers, tape dispensers, glue containers.

Upcycling in action: To encourage upcycling, the Kalihi Valley nonprofit KAUPA held a fundraising contest during Spring Semester 2010 at Kalihi Waena Elementary School. Ms. Honold’s 4th-grade class collected the most items for upcycling, and donated the proceeds to KAUPA’s nonprofit efforts. In return, the kids were rewarded with a Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Party!

Another contest will be held during the Fall Semester, so get your family, school, work, church, sports, or neighborhood together and start gathering those items we usually throw away. For more information, email, or call Barbara Natale at (808) 381-3643.

Mahalo for helping to divert waste from the landfill, and making Oʻahu an even more beautiful place . . .

Posted by: preservehawaii | July 19, 2010

Learn from KAUPA’s Ahupuaʻa Curriculum

Kaupa kids 1KAUPA (Kalihi Ahupuaʻa Ulu Pono Ahahui) is getting Kalihi, Oʻahu, students out in Kalihi Stream—monitoring water quality, planting native species, and doing overall stream restoration. In partnership with 4th-grade teachers from Kalihi Waena Elementary School, they’ve created a curriculum for students to examine and understand their entire watershed.

The response has been tremendous: One teacher says that by learning what helps and harms our earth, the students are now applying this knowledge to their everyday life. Another teacher applauds the curriculum for featuring hands-on activities, providing for learning styles that differ from the traditional lecture approach. The elementary school principal notes that not only are students learning about native Hawaiian land and stream use, they’re building relationships with each other and applying theory to a real-life setting.

Kaupa kids 2If you want to learn more about the Kalihi Ahupuaʻa curriculum, please contact Dana Guilizia, KAUPA’s Education Coordinator at (808) 489-0884 or

Posted by: preservehawaii | July 12, 2010

Preserve the Environment through Art

Opposite a streambank in Kalihi, Oʻahu, is a 250-foot wall that’s continually tagged by graffiti. Rather than keep repainting it, KAUPA (Kalihi Ahupuaʻa Ulu Pono Ahahui) is launching Public Art Kalihi, a 3-year community-based mural project aimed at creating pockets of community pride within the heart of the valley.

The goal is to visually represent the cultural, environmental, social, and political issues and stories of the community. Local artists Meleanna Meyer, Prime of 808 Urban, Solomon Enos, and Kahi Ching will be assisting on the first mural of many along the stream. The rough vision to depict the area from mountain to sea, with native flora, fauna, and local people. To add your input to the vision, click here to take KAUPA’s quick online survey (and receive a free KAUPA reusable bag!).

To be selected as a Kalihi mural artist, you must be 16-30 years old, with a serious interest in art, developing your talent, and transforming this public space. Submit a 1-page essay (handwritten or typed) about your thoughts and feelings about Kalihi and Kalihi stream. At the top of the page, include your name, age, address, and phone number.

Submit your essay by email to, or postal mail to:

Public Art Kalihi
PO Box 17673
Honolulu, HI 96817

Selected artists will be notified by July 16, 2010, and required to attend workshops on July 17, 24, and 31. Mural painting will begin the first week of August!

Posted by: preservehawaii | July 5, 2010

Spotlight: KAUPA

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!

If you’d like to join KAUPA’s efforts, contact Chana Dudoit at or (808) 282-9449. For more info, click here to visit the KAUPA website.

Kaupa Group

Next cleanup:
July 10
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.

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