Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD

Weekend Updates

In this issue:


MPW Welcomes a new Intern

The Kolea are Back!

Shark's Cove - Aug 16, 2014

MPW would like to thank the following people who helped make our volunteer outreach at Shark's Cove another success. Mahalo to:
Palakiko Yagodich, Alex Anderson, John Cutting, Bob Leinau, Jenny Yagodich and Shari Johnson
Join us on Saturday, August 30th at 9:00am for our VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION DAY! We will be meeting at our community outreach tent at Shark's Cove and will be giving you all the information you need to become a volunteer to help us care for, protect and educate about the Marine Life Conservation District.

Orientation Presentation Includes:

- Ahupua‘a background
- History of MPW and the MLCD
- MLCD boundaries and rules
- Makai Watch Program
- Overview of volunteer opportunities
- Beach clean-up

Our organization would not be able to function if it were not for our dedicated volunteers. We look forward to having you join our team!

*Please dress comfortably and use sun protection. Bring a reusable water bottle and your snorkel gear if you'd like to get in the water!

For more information please contact Jenny, Director of Educational Programs @kaipuna@aol.com

MPW Welcomes a new Intern
"Aloha, my name is Alex Anderson and I'm a 21 year old student from Seattle, Washington. I enjoy travel, hiking, SCUBA, football and meditation. I am currently on the island of O'ahu for an internship with Conservation International, and while I'm here, I am volunteering with MPW! I am a Philosophy major, and am interested in environmental ethics. I hope to be a part of a group that can make a difference".

Stop by our Saturday Community Outreach Tent to meet Alex. He's with us through the beginning of September. Welcome to the team, Alex!

The Kolea are Back!
Each year, starting in late Summer, Hawai'i is visited by the Kolea bird. The Kolea, also known as the Pacific Golden Plover, fly non-stop from nesting grounds in Alaska to Hawai'i, which is about 3,000 miles away.

Although Kolea are shorebirds, they actually prefer to hang out on lawns, fields, parks and rooftops. We learned from the Hawai's Nature Center that Kolea don't like places with plants taller than their eyes because they can't see approaching predators.

Kolea are territorial and return to the same spot year after year. The birds can live about 20 years so if you noticed one in your yard last year and there's one again this year, it's likely the same one!

Kolea fatten up while in Hawai'i by eating mollusks, insects, worms and lizards. They also start growing their "breeding plumage" in about February when their brown and grey feathers turn black on their bellies and speckled gold on their backs. Males bellies turn completely black.

Many folks in Hawai'i associate the arrival of Kolea with the arrival of the Humpback whale so it's never too early to start looking!

For more information about the Kolea, visit hawaiinaturecenter.org