Mahalo Nui Loa!

What an amazing day filled with fellowship and collective efforts taking care of our ‘aina.

A video of some of the day’s events produced by Colby Takeda and the Blue Zones Project is here.

A map of the day’s efforts is below. Click on the blue to see what happened in that area.

Makiki Aloha ‘Āina

  • 200 students, parents, teachers, and citizens across 4 stations from Hālau Kū Māna, Loʻi O Moleka, Nā Ala Hele (DOFAW/DLNR), Hawaii Nature Center, Maunalaha Community Association, Roosevelt High School, McKinley High School, Le Jardin Academy, Hanahau‘oli School, and Patagonia HI

  • 7 information booths

  • 10,000 lbs of trash!

  • 1,000 cubic feet of green waste

  • 150 yards of stream bank restored

  • Filled an entire dumpster with 40 cubic yards capacity

  • Most unusual items were mattresses and car parts

SEEQS/Kaimuki High School

  • 250 students, parents, and teachers from SEEQS and Kaimuki High School

  • 5 information booths

  • 1994 lbs of trash (almost 1 ton!)

  • 945 cubic feet of green waste

  • 1312 feet of bank restored

  • Strangest items - Locker, Car seat, Computers, Doll, Bikes and Scooter

Lower Manoa Stream

  • 14 from Hawaiian Electric Company

  • 458 lbs and 15 bags of trash

  • 3 shopping carts, a 50 quart cooler and a suitcase removed

Kamanele Park

  • 6 from Outdoor Circle - Mānoa Branch and Malama Manoa

  • 120 cubic feet of green waste

  • 1 bag of trash

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

  • 24 students from Chi Epsilon

  • 34 lbs and 4 bags of trash removed

Ka Papa Lo`i o Kānewai

  • 20 students, parents, and teachers from Manoa Heritage Center, UH Manoa Stem Pre-Academy, UH Manoa, Roosevelt High School, Voyager Public Charter School, Kamehameha Canoe Club, Hau`ula Elementary

  • Cared for the `auwai (built in 1400 AD) that runs from the po`owai of Kānewai stream and removed excessive sediment that builds up over time, raked out leaves and twigs, to improve the flow of the `auwai.

  • Gathered fallen leaves, and fed them into one of the lo`i that lay fallow. Then proceeded to hehihehi, to repeatedly step on the leaves within the lo`i to infuse nutrients back into it.

  • 16 lbs and 2 bags of Trash removed

Ala Wai Neighborhood Park

  • 29 people from the Blue Zones Project, Austin Tsutsumi & Associates, Bridge Club Hawaii, and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Office of Public Health Studies.

  • 300 lbs and 28 bags of bags of trash

  • Strangest items - car seats, bike wheels and mattresses

Kalua Bridge near Jarrett Middle School

  • 13 ‘Iolani School Ka‘i and Jarret Middle School students

  • Removed 153 lbs of trash and 80 lbs of scrap metal

  • Strangest item - a laptop computer and IV medical bags

  • 4,000 ft (0.76 miles) of Palolo Stream cleared of trash

Jefferson Elementary School

  • 30 Students and Parents from Jefferson Elementary School, the Jefferson Ohana Garden, Punahou School, and the University of Hawaii Pre-Medical Association

  • Beautified a shipping container covered with graffiti

  • Gardeners weeded, watered, and planted in their raised garden beds

‘Iolani School

  • 50 Students, Teachers, Parents, and Alumni from ‘Iolani School, Punahou Schoool, Our Savior, Kaneohe Elementary, Mid-Pacific Institute, Saint Andrews Priory, and Phillips Academy Andover!

  • 1,381 lbs of trash

  • 1 Rockin’ Garden Expo with CTAHR Master Gardeners, Xeriscape Hui, Peace and Justice Club, 7th Grade World Geography Class, My Life, My Island, My World Class, Tower Gardens, Spoonful of Paradise, 'Iolani Apiary Club and 54 plants given away!

  • 3,320 ft (0.6 miles) of Manoa-Palolo Stream and Ala Wai Canal front cleared of trash

  • Strangest item - A nordic ski (complete with barnacles)

Hōkūle‘a Welcome and Mālama Ala Wai Community Fair

Friday, April 19, 2019


Join us! We need your voices and your vision!

Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Wai Promenade

8:30am Hōkūle‘a approaches

9am Ceremony begins

10am - 1pm Mālama Ala Wai Community Fair

Sign up here or email and for more information.

Māmala Aloha `Āina

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Please join schools and organizations throughout the Ala Wai Watershed for one collective day of service and help us in caring for the waters that flow into Māmala Bay!

Choose a station and join the effort! Click on the map below for more information about each station.

We are collecting data using the Litterati App! Join the Na Wai ‘Ekolu group to track our collective impact!


makiki Aloha aina

8:00 - 11:00 am   Choose a clean up station - increase flow, remove trash and invasives

11:00 - 1:30pm    Hālau Kū Māna PCS - food, music, activities

What to bring - Long sleeve t-shirt, gloves and tools, bug repellent and reef safe sunscreen, water bottle, snacks, and close-toed shoes

RSVP / Questions:

manoa-palolo aloha aina

Other events

8:30 - 11:00 am   Choose a station

What to bring - Long sleeve t-shirt, gloves and tools, bug repellent and reef safe sunscreen, water bottle, snacks, and close-toed shoes

Questions: Pālolo Stream -

April 13 Woodlawn Bridge: Mānoa Adopt-A-Stream / Mālāma Mānoa 10:00am-12pm. More Information call 768-4319.

April 18 Paradise Park: Maryknoll School / Ala Wai Watershed Association - Stream Bank Restoration

April 20 Sinclair Library, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa: White Tern Walk with Hui Manu o Kū 9:00am

April 20 Waikiki Aquarium: Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo

April 20 Honolulu Zoo: Earth Day Celebration

April 27 Ka Papa Lo’i ‘o Kānewai: Mānoa Stream Clean up - 9:30 Check in, 10:00 Welcoming Discussion, 10:30 - 12 Clean up, 12:00 - 12:30pm lunch. Surfrider Foundation, Morning Glass Cafe, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Blue Zones, Ka Papa Lo’i ‘o Kānewai

May 4 Saint Louis School: 8:00am - 1pm Stream Clean-up and Invasive Fish Removal. More Information call 739-4771

Saturday, May 11 - 5:30 - 9:30pm Wild and Scenic Film Fest, Doris Duke Theatre