He'eia Estuary Restoration

Event Date: 
11/18/2017 - 9:00am
Event Location: 
He'eia State Park

Find Yourself On The Path To The Sea

Invaders have dug a stronghold on the shores of the Windward Coast, and threaten to hide traditional routes to the sea. Invasive plant species that found their ways to the streams, valleys and estuaries of the Hawaiian Islands are encroaching on the natural irrigation routes, leaving them nearly impassible. Join Hui o Ko'olaupoko to gain an understanding of Hawaii's unique ecosystems and what can be done to protect and restore them. At the breathtaking He'eia State Park, you can help to remove  invasive species from the He'eia Estuary and replace them with Hawaiian native plants which aid in erosion control, filtration of stormwater runoff and provide habitat for other native species.  Once removed, the invasive plants will be chipped, composted and re-purposed on site. Using the up-cycled organic material closes the loop and aids in weed suppression, limits exposure and erosion of the freshly bare soil and adds nutrients back into the earth for the planting and cultivation of the native species.   

Join us (nearly) every Third Saturday to:

Secure the beauty and health of the Hawaiian Islands.

Restore habitat for fish and shorebirds.

Outplant native Hawaiian species

Take in awe inspiring views.

Play in the mud.

Play & learn while you work.

Below is a brief description of the Heʻeia Estuary Restoration Project and you can also find more information and pictures on our website.

Since the Spring of 2015, Hui o Ko’olaupoko has been wortking at the mouth of He’eia Stream to clear invasive mangrove and other non-native plants in an effort to restore stream flow, re-plant native plants and improve habitat for native aquatic species and shorebirds.  The majority of invasive species removal was completed in under one year and the re-planting of native species began in February 2016.  

Volunteers will be involved in clearing invasive plant species from the stream and shoreline area using small hand tools and hand pulling small weeds as we work to open and create areas to outplant native species. We will wrap up this service event with a short walk on to the private He’eia Fish Pond wall to hear about its historical significance and how efforts to restore the fish pond are directly linked to the HOK project and other projects in the ahupua’a (valley).

  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Please wear clothes and shoes you don't mind getting VERY wet & muddy
  • Bring a water bottle and sun/rain/bug protection, change of clothes
  • Restroom facilities are located at the main/upper park building
  • Participants under age 16 must have adult supervision.
  • Participants under the age of 18, attending without their parent or legal guardian must bring the signed waiver, all others will sign the waiver upon arrival.

The address is He'eia State Park 46-465 Kamehameha Hwy. Kaneohe. Please park in the parking lot and follow signs to the coastline along the southern portion of the park.

Please RSVP to receive directions to the meeting location. RSVP to 277-5611, [email protected]

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We offer a variety of regularly scheduled events each month as well as weekday outtings to join our field staff and we can work with groups to arrange a private weekday service trip or educational visit at no cost to the group.  The best way see what events we have coming up and which would be the best fit for you is by visiting the Get Involved  & Calendar pages on our website, contacting us at [email protected] and signing up to receive our monthly newsletter.