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Kaena Point State Park Beach Cleanup

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Mahalo to all of our volunteers who came out to help us cleanup Kaena Point State Park-Mokuleia Section on March 28, 2015. We had 50+ people who took precious time from their weekend to haul out 900+ pounds of debris. We focused on the leftovers from numerous palette fires that have been set throughout the park, debris such as broken bottles, cans and especially the nails that held the palettes together. More than half the weight of the trash hauled out was nails.

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Volunteers came from different parts of our island and as far away as Waimanalo. We also had a family visiting from Idaho who took time from their vacation to join us. We want to thank our friends from Kokua Hawaii Foundation for helping organize the event;  the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Division of State Parks provided a trash bin, magnets for the nails and plastic buckets and bags for trash collection and the Division of Forestry and Wildlife helped with trash removal.
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We were tired and dirty after our day but the satisfaction of doing something positive for our precious ‘aina left everyone in a good mood. We earned our sleep that night! Stay tuned for our next event. Upcoming hikes are scheduled for Saturday April 11th or May 9th.

 

 

Join us on our monthly hike Saturday April 11, 2015

Please email info@friendsofkaena.org if you want to sign up for a hike. Spots are limited, so reserve your spot soon!

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New Chicks at Ka`ena Point Natural Area Reserve

New Chicks at Ka`ena Point Natural Area Reserve

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Beach Clean Up Saturday, March 28th!

Mark your calendars for a Cleanup on Saturday, March 28 in support of World Water Day! We will be meeting at Ka’ena Point on the Mokuleʻia side for a cleanup from 9:00am – 11:00am, with check-in starting at 8:30am. We will be partnering with Plastic Free Hawaii-Kokua Hawaii Foundation and collecting plastic to recycle for the method Ocean Plastic bottle project

Directions to Kaʻena Point (Mokuleʻia route): Take H-2 to Kaukonahua Road (Route 803) to Farrington Highway (Route 930) past Waialua and go about 1 mile past YMCA Camp Erdman until you reach the parking lot. Groups welcome!

Volunteers should bring sun protection, refillable water bottles, and gloves. Buckets, colanders, and reusable rubbish bags are helpful. Parking is limited at this location so carpooling is encouraged. Email us or Kokua Hawaii Foundation for more info.

Ka`ena Point Coastal Clean Up for Martin Luther King Day has been canceled

We are very sorry to those who were planning on attending. Due to complications, our partner had to cancel the event. Stay tuned for another date for a coastal clean up!

Kaena Point 12-13-14

With the impending permitted entry into the Kaena Point State Park Reserve, Mokuleia Section, beyond the end of the paved road, the Friends of Kaena look forward to an improvement in the landscape. We hope for the vegetation to return and some semblance of order in how people drive within the designated road system. These photos were taken this past Saturday 12-13-14. As you will notice there is a lot of recovery that has to take place. We have hope that with the partnerships that have been established there will be a good amount of support to Malama Kaena. We hope you can join us in stewardship activities that will benefit this wahi  pana or storied place.

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Alau Gulch

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The area just before Manini Gulch approaching from the West. The remnant rock structure is being destroyed by off-road vehicles.

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Manini Gulch

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Erosion directly impacts the ocean as the following photos clearly illustrate.

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We hope the designated roads and the permitted gate entry will help Kaena recover.

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Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve. The Moli have returned!

The Friends of Kaena have resumed our monthly hikes and has moved them to the second Saturday of the month beginning this past Saturday 12-13-14. Next hike is scheduled for January 10th, 2015. Enjoy some of the photos taken while visiting the State’s Natural Area Reserve. The Moli (Laysan Albatross) have returned and are nesting. the lone Hawaiian Monk Seal pictured is named Kaena. He was born right at this spot. All photos were taken from the trail and within the required distance to allow the animals the least amount of disturbance. Please respect our wildlife.

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Come join us for a guided hike!

Friends of Ka`ena will be hosting guided nature hikes starting December 13th 2014.  We will have monthly hikes from December 2014 through May 2015 on the second Saturday of the month. Please email info@friendsofkaena.org if you want to sign up for a hike. Spots are limited, so reserve your spot soon!

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The hike out to the Natural Area Reserve will last around 2 hours. Participants will make the return hike to the parking lot at their own pace, unaccompanied by the hike leader. Its a great time of the year for a hike!

What to bring:
  • comfortable walking shoes
  • adequate drinking water (at least 2 liters)
  • lunch or snacks
  • sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
Recommended:
  • binoculars
  • camera

Interested? Please RSVP to info@friendsofkaena.org

Join us for International Coastal Clean Up Day!

Have fun and help!

Have fun and help!

Friends of Ka’ena, in partnership with Kokua Hawaii Foundation and U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii are organizing the Ka’ena Point, Mokule’ia route coastal cleanup. The cleanup is from 9:00am – 11:00am, with check-in starting at 8:30am. Volunteers should bring sun protection, refillable water bottles, and gloves. Buckets, colanders, and reusable rubbish bags are helpful.
Come Join us! Please help spread the word. Other clean up locations include:

2013 Annual Meeting!

Our 2013 Annual Meeting has been postponed for a later date. Please check back for more information soon!

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International Coastal Clean-up Day a Success!

Thanks to all the great work of our volunteers and partners!  Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation, State Department of Land and Natural Resources, and U.S.  Army Garrison helped with volunteers, supplies, organization, and fun!  Together, 73 volunteers collected over 800 lbs of trash!  We had volunteers of all ages including Mililani High School students, families, and friends.  Great work by lots of dedicated and fun people.  Mahalo to everyone! It was a wonderful day!

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Go team!

Our next big clean-up event with our partners will be Martin Luther King Day, January 21st! Save the date!