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Mālama Maunalua Community Huki
June 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mālama Maunalua implements strategies to remove and prevent regrowth of Invasive Alien Algae. The focus of our work is in the 28+ acres of Paiko beach. Our goal is to clear the area of harmful algae to restore a marine habitat with healthy, native seagrass and algae.
To date, one of Mālama Maunalua’s key initiatives in restoring the health of Maunalua Bay has involved removing invasive alien algae via regular volunteer-based hukis. Approximately 3,000 volunteers, including 1,000 students, participate in our 30+ community hukis every year, coming together to remove the Invasive Alien Algae (IAA) from Paiko beach. More than 3.5 million pounds have been removed and recycled as soil amendment at local farms. Even with schedule hukis several times a month, more volunteers are needed to help maintain the 1200 plots of IAA in Paiko beach. Mālama Maunalua leads an Adopt a Plot program in addition to the hukis where volunteers can help clear and maintain these plots on their own time.