From the Mountain to the Sea: Saving the Heeia Ahupuaa
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Volunteers haul heavy coral blocks into place at Paepae o Heeia.
Tours and workdays are great ways to learn and help your own ahupuaa thrive. For workdays, bring covered shoes, and prepare for mud, sun, bugs—and fun.
Among the excellent cultural tours that have been offered by the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Association are a glass bottom boat tour of Kaneohe Bay, and a walking tour of Moku o Loe (Coconut Island), both part of the ahupuaa of Heeia. Guests provide their own transportation and picnic lunch. koolaupokohcc.org
Papahana Kuaola hosts a community workday from 8 to 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, focusing either on stream restoration or taro-patch maintenance. Every other month, there’s a lunch and workshop afterward. papahanakuaola.com
Paepae O Heeia has community workdays at the fishpond from 8:30 a.m. to noon. During summer, they will be on June 8, July 13 and August 10. Lunch is provided. Attendance is limited to 60; call ahead to reserve a spot and get directions. paepaeoheeia.org
Kakoo Oiwi holds community workdays on the second Saturday of each month, building auwai and loi, teaching traditional planting methods and clearing invasives. Lunch is provided; visit the website for details and directions. kakoooiwi.org