Pukui & Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary, 1971
Mālama ʻāina is an ancient Hawaiian concept of respecting and taking care of the watershed through conservation and sustainability practices so that the land and sea can continue to sustain life. The outreach goals of LHWRP include educating communities on the importance of the watershed management and providing them with ways in which they can apply a variety of stewardship methods including planting native seedlings, invasive plant removal, restoration research and collecting native seeds. If you would like to participate in some of the “hands on” practices, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added on our email invite list for stewardship events.
In 2015 we hope to become an important resource in the communities we represent on topics such as watershed management from mauka (mountain) to makai (sea), reforestation, conservation research and environmental education. Presentations will be given in libraries, schools and in community environments. If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact email@example.com for additional information.
The following are some things you can do to help your watershed remain healthy:
1) Ask your landscaper not to sell or use invasive plant species. For useful native plant ideas, visit the website: www.plantpono.org photo
2) When traveling to Hawaii, never bring fresh fruit or live plants as you may unknowingly introduce an invasive species to the Hawaiian Islands that may be detrimental to the native ecosystems.
3) Voice your support. It’s important for elected officials and other decision-makers to hear from you, when they are making decisions about watershed management in our state.
4) Wipe your boots with a brush before enjoying one of the states many hiking trails. This will prevent hitchhiking seeds from being introduced to native areas. Trail information can be found at the Na Ala Hele website: hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov
5) Support quarantine and invasive species prevention initiatives and programs. Catching invasive species before they enter the state can save the state millions of dollars in the future.
6) Conserve water resources by monitoring your water use, repair leaks, water your lawn after sundown and use drip irrigation if possible
7) Runoff and erosion can be controlled by having more native vegetation asgroundcover rather than pavement
8) Volunteer with other groups that work within your watershed who plant native seedlings, remove invasive species or cleanup beaches.
- Maui Restoration Group
- Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project Photo
- Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
- Ahihi Kinau Reserve Volunteer
- Maui Ocean Center
9) To minimize toxic chemical use, tolerate more bugs and use fewer pesticides that can eventually leach into the ocean or our water supply
10) Make a donation to the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership. Every dollar received is tax-deductible and a critical investment in maintaining healthy forested watersheds, which benefit us all. To donate, simply press the donation button at the top of this page.
Look for us at the following events:
- Arbor Day at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
- Earth Day at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
- East Maui Taro Festival
- Hana Career Day
- Maui College, UH Agricultural and Conservation Career Fair
- Whale Day in Kihei
- Forth Friday events around the island
Contact us for additional information on future events at firstname.lastname@example.org or see our Facebook page