HOKULE‘A VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS KAILUA’S STREAM RESTORATION PROJECT
April was a noteworthy month on the windward side when the Dalai Lama visited students at Kailua High School – urging them to create a happy world through wisdom and warm -heartedness – and then blessing the voyaging canoe Hokule‘a at Kualoa Park as it set off on its statewide voyage to 14 different coastal restoration projects, including one in Kailua.
The purpose of the Malama Pae ‘Aina (Care for the Hawaiian Archipelago) voyage, sponsored in part by the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, is to “navigate toward a healthy and sustainable future,” according to Eric Co, the Foundation’s Marine Program Officer, and a member of the Hokule‘a crew. The statewide sail also is to raise awareness of and prepare the Hokule‘a crew for Hokule‘a’s upcoming ambitious voyage around the world.
After the double-hulled canoe sailed around the Hawaiian Islands, it returned to the windward side of O‘ahu. In June, the Hokule‘a visited Kailua on its way to Kualoa Park and members of the canoe’s crew worked with the Kailua Canoe Club and community members to clear Kaelepulu Stream of mangroves. The 10-year inspirational project to rid a two-mile stretch of the Enchanted Lake waterway of the invasive species is one of the environmental restoration efforts supported by the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation in partnership with NOAA and the Hawaii Community Foundation.
The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, as part of its stewardship of the land and coastal areas, supports a variety of island and marine conservation efforts through grants to a range of community groups and organizations, including the Hawaiian Island Land Trust, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center and the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, just to name a few.