Restoring Disturbed Sand Dunes
Friends of Ka`ena will be hosting a native planting to help to restore the disturbed sand dunes in the park. You are invited to join us on Saturday February 20 from 8:30 to 12:00. Meet us at YMCA Camp Erdman (69-385 Farrington Highway) at 8:30am.
The sand dunes at Ka`ena represent one of the last intact dune ecosystems in the main Hawaiian Islands. The dunes at the Natural Area Reserve (NAR) are now flourishing and support native and endemic plants, rare and endangered birds, and are a good example of dunes found in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The dunes found in the park, outside of the NAR, continue to be degraded by off-road recreational vehicle use and other human activities.
Friends of Ka`ena has been working with local school groups and volunteers to restore the dunes and protect them from degradation. The dunes are also rich in cultural resources that need to be respected and protected. Friends of Ka`ena are working to provide awareness, understanding, restoration, and protective measures to bring back the dune ecosystem.
School groups from Punaho and Mililani have participated in plantings and clean-ups last year. These efforts will continue and expand this year. If you are interested in joining us in February or another date, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dunes provide refuge and a nesting area for the Moli (Laysan albatross), `ua `u kani (Wedgetailed Shearwater), Koa `e `ula (White Tailed Tropicbird), and Pueo (Hawaiian Short-eared Owl). These birds are found within the NAR and have the potential to use the dunes in the park if restored and protected.
Download the poster for the February Event.