Restoration Programs

Kulāiwi Project

Kumano I Ke Ala (KIKA) is leading an ‘aina restoration effort in Waimea (10 acres- Makai) and Makaweli (10 acres- Mauka) Valleys which will be used for both wet-land and dry-land cultivation of traditional crops for eventual commercial production. The Kulāiwi Restoration program is an ‘āina-based volunteer and education project centered on using these farmlands to educate new generations of farmers, restore cultural resources, and move toward the sustainability of this community. Project volunteers take part in both the physical and cultural restoration work by participating in invasive species eradication efforts, and by learning cultural protocols associated with mālama ʻāina practices such as oli (entrance/permission chants), mo‘olelo (stories), wahi pana (sacred places), and mea kanu (native plants.) Additionally, KIKA partners with other service providers such as Alu Like and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to provide west Kauaʻi high school students and young adults with a paid opportunity to gain employment skills and on-the-job training while contributing to the restoration efforts.

Mālama Waimea River

KIKA partnered with Waimea High School earlier this year for a class project that looked at the silt islands that have formed throughout the river due to low water levels caused by a combination of water diversions and significant neglect by community and government entities. A community awareness and call to action plan was created to organize community volunteers to remove a 295’x45’x4.5’ silt island from the river “one bucket at a time!” KIKA has continued the river restoration effort since March with three more work days that has brought out more than 650 volunteers and removed over 25,000 buckets of silt by hand. KIKA is committed to continuing this project every third Saturday of the month which has brought keiki-to-kupuna side-by-side to laulima (many hands together) not only for the future of the Waimea River, but for the re-connectedness of this community to its cultural history. Water is life.


Restoration Program Needs

  • Funding for staff (2 FTE positions)
  • Classroom/office facilities
  • Storage
  • Equipment rental or purchase
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Seeds
  • Safety equipment
  • Food for volunteers.

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