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November 16th - Mālama ʻĀina Day

  • Kaloko O Kīholo Kona (map)


Come join us to work alongside The Nature Conservancy at the Kaloko O Kiholo (fishpond) . Our work usually involves clearing invasive vegetation and debris from the fishpond edges and inside, also maintaining the anchialine pool native plants by pulling weeds and hauling.

SCHEDULE:

9am-12pm Work

12pm-1pm Potluck Lunch

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

We will provide gloves, tabis, and tools, but please bring your own if you have some available.

  • Hiking boots, hat and sunscreen are strongly recommended.

  • Clothing that can get dirty and good for hot/dry conditions or that can get wet in the fishpond.

  • Tabis/Water Shoes (we also have ~30 pairs of assorted sizes for folks to borrow)

  • Water Bottle (Water jugs will be available for refills)

  • Beach Chairs -for lunch & talk story

  • Swimsuit/Towel

RSVP

Please RSVP prior to the event by emailing barbara.seidel@tnc.org. Everyone is welcome!

More details and directions to the fishpond will be emailed by the day before.

ABOUT KALOKO O KIHOLO

Kaloko O Kīholo is a fishpond estuary with abundant marine life, includes two large, interconnected freshwater spring-fed pools containing numerous native fish species, hapawai (mollusk) and ʻopae (shrimp). A 200-foot-long ‘auwai, or stone channel, connects the ponds to Kīholo Bay, which has a resident population of green sea turtles that use the inland ponds to feed and rest. Threatened migratory seabirds also frequent the area.

Kīholo is part of a larger coastal area that was once coveted by Hawaiian chiefs for its productive nearshore reefs and offshore fisheries, its fishponds and anchialine pools. For native Hawaiians, Kīholo is a culturally important site, especially for those who continue to live in the vicinity and trace their ancestry back to the land.

Upon his death in 1989, legendary hair stylist and hair-care product icon Paul Mitchell left several valuable Hawaiian properties in trust to his son, Angus Mitchell. Among them was an idyllic coastal parcel at Kīholo Bay on the island of Hawai‘i. In 2011, the younger Mitchell donated the property to The Nature Conservancy. Learn more about the fishpond.

Earlier Event: October 19
October 19th - Mālama ʻĀina Day
Later Event: January 18
January 18th - Mālama ʻĀina Day