Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD

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You are Invited! Join us Jan. 17th - Sharks Cove Planting Project Training

Shark's Cove - Jan 14, 2015

You are Invited! Join us Jan. 17th - Sharks Cove Planting Project Training
For our community and visitors alike Sharks Cove is a valued natural treasure. We all love going in the water or standing on the bluffs above, but lately all the rains and foot traffic have been rapidly eroding the coastline above the beach.

The soil that is washing into the water is harming our fragile marine ecosystem and can cause major damage if we are not careful and proactive.

Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea (“MPW”) is a North Shore non-profit dedicated to protecting the natural and cultural resources of the Pūpūkea and Waimea ahupua‘a through active community stewardship, education, and partnerships.

MPW is proud to announce our Sharks Cove Community Planting Project, a pilot project to restore the coastline above Sharks Cove. Community volunteers at Sharks Cove and the surrounding Pūpūkea area of the Marine Life Conservation District (“MLCD”) have noted a significant increase in erosion over the past 10 years as use has increased. The goal of the project is to reduce the flow of sediment from eroded areas of Sharks Cove onto the coral reef below.

Working in strong partnership with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation and with technical assistance from Hui Kū Maoli Ola, MPW volunteers will remove invasive exotic weeds and install native plants. Native coastal plants will vegetate eroded, non-paved footpaths and hold in place soil currently eroding into the MLCD from the banks of Pūpūkea Beach Park.

MPW can’t, however, do this without the kōkua of the community. On January 17th, 2015, from 12pm – 2pm, at the MPW Community Outreach Tent at Sharks Cove (Pūpūkea Beach Park), MPW and Hui Kū Maoli Ola will be holding our first Native Plants Community Training Workshop where both keiki and adults can learn about the value and vulnerability of coastal and ocean ecosystems and the importance of including use of native plants in landscaping and gardening. The second part of our workshop will focus on training volunteers in plant identification and proper techniques for weed removal and plant installation.

For more information about the January 17th, 2015, Native Plants Community Training Workshop, volunteering, or the Sharks Cove Community Planting Project please contact info@pupukeawaimea.org or visit our website at www.pupukeawaimea.org. We hope to see you there!