Wetland Restoration In Hilo


ʻĀina Hoʻōla Initiative

The Island of Hawaiʻi has lost approximately 75% of its historic low elevation wetlands due to infill and development, and much of the remaining wetland habitat is degraded by invasive non-native plants.

Join our ‘ohana (family) at the ʻĀina Hoʻōla Initiative and take a hands-on role in restoring the beautiful wetlands of Keaukaha. By volunteering with us, you will not only contribute to conservation efforts but also gain a deep understanding of our unique ecosystem. You’ll see the direct impact of your work as you help native species flourish and watch our wetlands come back to life.

What to Wear and Bring:

Be prepared for changing weather conditions and wet/muddy/uneven terrain. We will be hand removing invasive weeds and replanting areas with native plants, rain or shine. Squatting, kneeling, and sitting are great weeding positions. There may be some bending, lifting, and stretching as well. Some types of grass have sharp, microscopic bristles all over them to help discourage bugs from eating them. When these tiny bristles rub against your skin, a rash may result from the irritation. Children are particularly likely to get rashes from grass because they have more sensitive skin. This rarely happens but it is possible.

The nearest restrooms are across the street at Kealoha Beach Park. Showers are also available at the park.

Clothes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Long sleeved shirt and long pants are recommended for sun and insect protection (There may be broken pieces of glass, ants, mosquitoes, and centipedes. )
Closed toed shoes, reef shoes, tabis, or diving boots that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy (There may be broken pieces of glass, ants, mosquitoes, and centipedes. )
Sun protection (A hat or cap, reef-friendly sunscreen, sun glasses, etc.)
Rainwear
Gloves and tools (hand weeders and serrated sickles) are provided but please bring your own if you have them.
Water in your own reusable bottle
Insect repellents (optional)
Change of clothes and footwear
A bag for wet/muddy clothes and footwear
A towel
Swimwear (optional) There is a beautiful beach park called Carlsmith within a short walking distance. It is a great place to swim and see honu (green sea turtles) after the work is done.
We hope you can join us!

For the complete list of volunteer days, please visit our website at https://ainahoola.org/

ʻĀina Hoʻōla Initiative


About the organizer

We are restoring the estuarine wetlands and fish ponds of Lokowaka, Ki‘onakapahu, and ‘Akahi in Hilo Hawaiʻi by removing invasive plants and replacing the area with native ones for our endangered endemic waterbirds and migratory birds.

  • August 12, 2024 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • One Time Commitment
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Specific Location
Good For

Kids, Teens, Families, Kupuna, Students, Groups, Visitors, Exercise, Meeting People, Resume Builder

Activity Type

Outdoor, Physical Labor

Cause

Environmental Conservation

Requirements

RSVP Required, Closed Toed Shoes

Wetland Restoration In Hilo


ʻĀina Hoʻōla Initiative

The Island of Hawaiʻi has lost approximately 75% of its historic low elevation wetlands due to infill and development, and much of the remaining wetland habitat is degraded by invasive non-native plants.

Join our ‘ohana (family) at the ʻĀina Hoʻōla Initiative and take a hands-on role in restoring the beautiful wetlands of Keaukaha. By volunteering with us, you will not only contribute to conservation efforts but also gain a deep understanding of our unique ecosystem. You’ll see the direct impact of your work as you help native species flourish and watch our wetlands come back to life.

What to Wear and Bring:

Be prepared for changing weather conditions and wet/muddy/uneven terrain. We will be hand removing invasive weeds and replanting areas with native plants, rain or shine. Squatting, kneeling, and sitting are great weeding positions. There may be some bending, lifting, and stretching as well. Some types of grass have sharp, microscopic bristles all over them to help discourage bugs from eating them. When these tiny bristles rub against your skin, a rash may result from the irritation. Children are particularly likely to get rashes from grass because they have more sensitive skin. This rarely happens but it is possible.

The nearest restrooms are across the street at Kealoha Beach Park. Showers are also available at the park.

Clothes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Long sleeved shirt and long pants are recommended for sun and insect protection (There may be broken pieces of glass, ants, mosquitoes, and centipedes. )
Closed toed shoes, reef shoes, tabis, or diving boots that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy (There may be broken pieces of glass, ants, mosquitoes, and centipedes. )
Sun protection (A hat or cap, reef-friendly sunscreen, sun glasses, etc.)
Rainwear
Gloves and tools (hand weeders and serrated sickles) are provided but please bring your own if you have them.
Water in your own reusable bottle
Insect repellents (optional)
Change of clothes and footwear
A bag for wet/muddy clothes and footwear
A towel
Swimwear (optional) There is a beautiful beach park called Carlsmith within a short walking distance. It is a great place to swim and see honu (green sea turtles) after the work is done.
We hope you can join us!

For the complete list of volunteer days, please visit our website at https://ainahoola.org/

  • August 12, 2024 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • One Time Commitment
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Specific Location
Good For

Kids, Teens, Families, Kupuna, Students, Groups, Visitors, Exercise, Meeting People, Resume Builder

Activity Type

Outdoor, Physical Labor

Cause

Environmental Conservation

Requirements

RSVP Required, Closed Toed Shoes

ʻĀina Hoʻōla Initiative


About the organizer

We are restoring the estuarine wetlands and fish ponds of Lokowaka, Ki‘onakapahu, and ‘Akahi in Hilo Hawaiʻi by removing invasive plants and replacing the area with native ones for our endangered endemic waterbirds and migratory birds.

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