Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD

Weekend Updates

In this issue:

In The News

Mahalo to Da Hui

Turtle Bay Foundation Lends Support

MPW Welcomes Officer Kamai

Shark's Cove - Dec 3, 2014

 
 
In The News
Mahalo to the Department of Land and Natural Resources and to KITV4 News for featuring us in a story about the recently approved Makai Watch Program we are proud to be a part of. The Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the Makai Watch Program state wide making us one of eight official Makai Watch Programs across the islands.

Makai Watch, similar to Neighborhood Watch, is a great way for the community to take positive action in helping to educate about and protect our fragile marine resources. If you would like to participate with us, please contact us or visit us at our community outreach tent each Saturday at Sharks Cove from 10am-2pm.

Here is the press release:

Hawaii’s Makai Watch Program is a collaborative program where communities, non-government organizations (NGOs), and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) work together to improve stewardship of marine and coastal resources. This innovative program is modeled after the successful Neighborhood Watch programs.

In communities statewide, Makai Watch volunteers serve as the eyes and ears for the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) officers. Volunteers also participate in awareness raising, outreach, and human-use and biological monitoring activities.

Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea (MPW) is a non-profit organization, formed in 2005 as part of the State\'s Makai Watch community stewardship program. Its programs educate residents of Hawaii and visitors to the Pūpūkea Marine Life Conservation District about the importance of this special area\'s marine life and protected status. This year, MPW will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the conservation district, as the organization continues to thrive and grow with increased community support, expanded programs, a hearty volunteer network, strong partnerships, and a dedicated board and staff.

MPW became the first Makai Watch (eyes on the ocean) program on Oahu in partnership with DOCARE and the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR). In 2006, the organization initiated its biological and human use monitoring programs, and began weekly outreach tent operations on Saturday’s with a dedicated core of community volunteers and a volunteer advisory board. Board member and long-time North Shore resident Bob Leinau shared, “Makai Watch is a unique way for the community to be a part of the solution in caring for our resources. Rules are meaningless without enforcement and with the community’s help DOCARE has a better chance of protecting the marine life conservation district.”

MPW Coordinator Jenny Yagodich has been involved with MPW for five years and has helped to bridge the relationship with community members, visitors, and government representatives. She said, “Makai Watch has been a success. Through education, monitoring and outreach, our community is able to help DLNR reach its goals of providing fish and other marine species with a protected area, in which to grow and reproduce to ensure abundant resources for future generations.”

Makai Watch training will be offered at a later date for volunteers to learn about the Observation and Incident Reporting (OIR) component of the Program. Participants will learn to identify what is and is not a resource violation, learn and clarify common rules and regulations, and also how to efficiently report a resource violation to DOCARE to allow for proper response and follow-up.

To view the videos, please visit our homepage at www.pupukeawaimea.org or click on the links below:

http://vimeo.com/112596707

http://www.kitv.com/program-helps-protect-pupukeawaimea-sealife/29886564#.VHFx1bfYDy


Mahalo to Da Hui
Da Hui, a local North Shore group, held their 10th Annual North Shore Clean Up on Saturday, November 22nd from Turtle Bay to Waimea Bay.

Volunteers worked hard and removed over 100 pounds of trash in the MLCD area alone! We were lucky enough to have a visit from some of their smallest volunteers. Great job everyone!


Turtle Bay Foundation Lends Support
Mahalo nui loa to the Turtle Bay Resort and the Turtle Bay Foundation for choosing us to be one of the recipients of their generous grants to help us continue our work of educating about and protecting the Marine Life Conservation District.

Our very own Uncle Bob Leinau attended the awards banquet at the Turtle Bay Resort on December 2nd and graciously accepted the check.

Mahalo again!


MPW Welcomes Officer Kamai
We are happy to see a new face in the Marine Life Conservation District. Officer Kamai, a long time Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) Officer with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) was recently assigned to our area. We look forward to working with him to help protect our fragile resources.

Officer Kamai (left) with Hawaii State Makai Watch Coordinator Luna Kekoa (center) and DOCARE Officer Thomas (right).