Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea MLCD

Weekend Updates

In this issue:

We Have Been Busy This Summer!

Ka Papa Kai Summer 2015 a Success!

KUPU and the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps

23rd Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

E Alu Pū Honored at HCC

Save the Date! MPW Fundraiser Event!

Shark's Cove - Aug 8, 2015

MPW would like to thank the following people who helped make our volunteer outreach at Shark's Cove another success. Mahalo to:
Marina Zaninno, Jimmy Avila, Jim Parsons, John Cutting, Bob Leinau and Jenny Yagodich
 
We Have Been Busy This Summer!
Aloha! Summer is in full force here in the Marine Life Conservation District and we have been super busy with Community Outreach, Public Events, Interns, Ka Papa Kai, Conferences, and much more!
The weather has been beautiful and the water has been calm and clear. We have witnessed tons of fish, rays, eels, turtles, monk seals, and much more. It is always amazing to see such an abundant ecosystem...a sign that our efforts are a success! If you have not had a chance to visit yet this summer, be sure to before ocean conditions switch over to winter surf.
Our organization has had the opportunity to participate in some fantastic community events this summer. You might have seen us at the Jr. Lifeguard trainings and Championships, the various Swim Series held at the Bay, the Haleiwa Arts Festival and Opening Day for 'Opelu season in Waimea.
This newsletter highlights some of the additional exciting things we have been up to.

Join us on Saturdays at Sharks Cove from 8am-4pm to help us with outreach, our native garden project, in-water fish counts, beach clean-ups and more.


Ka Papa Kai Summer 2015 a Success!
Twenty enthusiastic students joined our five-day Ka Papa Kai Summer program and learned all about marine science through fun and exciting, hands-on activities designed to increase their knowledge of our unique marine ecosystem. The students learned about the tide pool habitat, species identification, marine debris and environmental stewardship, erosion and coral health, and enforcement of rules and regulations.

Highlights included a beach cleanup and marine debris art, caring for our native plant garden area, tide pool species surveys and research, and a visit from the Department of Land and Natural Resources DOCARE (Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement) officers.

Mahalo to VOLCOM for donating the awesome rash guards, to the North Shore Lifeguard Association, and to all the parents.

For more information about Ka Papa Kai, please contact Jenny, Director of Educational Programs, at kaipuna@aol.com.


KUPU and the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps
We were honored this summer to host a group of fantastic KUPU - Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps interns for a week. The Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps is centered on environmental conservation, restoration, education, and cultural awareness. HYCC gives individuals the opportunity to work outdoors with environmental agencies (like MPW) across Hawaii and to learn the principles of natural resource stewardship, while gaining valuable experience, knowledge, and skills that assist them in continuing their life pursuits.

The interns we worked with were part of the Gateway Program, a program for young adults (ages 17-20) who are interested in exploring environmental work and education. The Gateway Program is an outdoor summer experience in which individuals work together as teams to complete hands-on fieldwork at various worksites.

The group that worked with us was awesome. They were professional, hard-working, smart, engaging and fun. They helped us with many of our projects including education and outreach, in-water fish and invertebrate surveys, beach clean-ups, our native plant garden, and more. For more information about KUPU and HYCC, visit their website at www.kupuhawaii.org.


23rd Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference
MPW was represented at the 23rd Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference this month in Hilo. The theme this year was Hanohano Hawaii Kuauli - Celebrating Collaboration and Wisdom Across Hawaiis Ecosystems, and that is just what we were able to do. We were joined by hundreds of participants all working to protect and manage our unique ecosystems in Hawaii. We enjoyed four days of protocol, keynote speakers, symposiums, general sessions, workshops, and special events.

Some of the session highlights included "Mapping Human Impacts on the Coral Reefs of Hawaii", "Fall and Rise of the Hawaiian Honu: A 50-Year Witness to Cultural and Conservation Change", "Aimalama: Utilizing the Lunar Calendar for Readapting to Climate Change", and "Monitoring Herbivorous Reef Fish for Ecosystem Resilience and Management in the U.S. Pacific."

Mahalo to the MPW Board of Directors for sending us. Participation in this Conference has helped increase our knowledge of our marine environment and our ability to effectively collaborate with like-minded groups and organizations to help manage and care for our fragile resources.

Visit www.hawaiiconservation.org for more information about the Conference.


E Alu Pū Honored at HCC
E Alu Pū, a network of like-minded community organizations who care for and work together to manage and protect our fragile resources was honored at the Hawaii Conservation Conference in Hilo this year. E Alu Pū was presented with the Conservation Innovation Award, given to the instigators or champions of a procedure that leads to significant advances to the structure or nature of environmental conservation in Hawaii.

Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea has been a part of E Alu Pū for ten years and we continue to be proud to be a part of such an amazing network. It was an honor to stand with them as they received their award. Congratulations!

Visit www.kuahawaii.org for more information about E Alu Pū.


Save the Date! MPW Fundraiser Event!
We are planning our first ever fundraising event in conjunction with our 10th Year Anniversary to be held on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 in Waimea Valley. Be on the lookout for more information soon and feel free to let us know if you would like to support us with your time, donations, silent auction items, or in any other way.

Email Jenny at kaipuna@aol.com.