From the Mountain to the Sea: Saving the Heeia Ahupuaa
By Lavonne Leong • photos by olivier koning
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THE UPPER STREAM →
THE WETLANDS →
THE FISHPOND →
Illustration: dana paresa
The Upper Stream: Papahana Kuaola and Hui Ku Maoli Ola
In the upper regions of Haiku Stream, a genetic taro bank spread across 57 small loi thrives, while volunteers take workshops on traditional practices like stone-laying.
The Wetlands: Kakoo Oiwi
Kanekoa Kukea-Shultz (second from right) leads this nonprofit’s quest to reclaim the 405 acres of invaded wetland for food-growing and native plants. Digging auwai (irrigation ditches) and creating loi (sunken fields) are first steps.
The Fishpond: Paepae O Heeia and Kaneohe Bay
Director Hiilei Kawelo (far right) oversees the tons of quarried coral that are loaded onto pontoons and hauled to their final destination as part of the fishpond’s ongoing wall restoration.