River, stream, brackish water, sea water.
Provided by the Surfrider Foundation O'ahu Chapter
Kingdom Pathways has multiple initiatives currently in the works to get answers to these unresolved contamination issues within the bay. With the help of the Surfrider Foundation O'ahu Chapter, they will be helping our community with testing Pōka'ī Bay for enterococcus. We are trying to determine whether water circulation will improve water quality by testing the outer (left) side of the jetty wall closest to Kū'īlioloa Heiau to compare with the inner side of the bay during a 16-month program starting July 24, 2022. In addition, to determine the non-point source of contaminants to at least a general area by testing multiple spots and theories within the bay, we hope to expand to a third sample near the canal mouth of Kaupuni Stream in the near future! Here's a little background on how we were able to volunteer and directly work alongside the Surfrider Foundation to test different locations other than the Department of Health's site location (000224 Pōka'ī Bay Lattitude 21.442669 Longitude -158.189447).
When testing begins (July 24, 2022), you will be able to track enterococcus levels at Blue Water Task Force results should post 24 hours later; samples are taken every other Sunday.
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Please, help us fundraise for the Surfrider Foundation to help malama them with the critical work they do for our Islands!
Requesting all agencies of the State of Hawaii, the City and County of Honolulu, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Department of Boating and Recreation to take immediate action on the procurement of funding in order to develop a plan, and expedite construction with an addition of a mechanism to circulate or a more hawaiian traditional method like a Mākāhā and improve water quality and mitigate the environmental and health hazards caused by pollution and contaminants.
Why is this important? To address the health hazards, and environmental concerns, social and environmental injustice to the Wai'anae community. To make right what has been wrong for so long for our Kupunas and future generations to come. LEARN MORE...
This is your opportunity to help designate the Wai'anae Coast as an area where water should be restored to our streams as we see everywhere else; BWS states that water well designation is the first step to achieving these goals.
This movement has been initiated specifically by Kingdom Pathways to address community goals.
Undesignated wells threaten the restoration of our fish ponds, protect our native species on the brink of extinction, ensure water is there for future generations to practice culturally, and help promote, restore, and sustain a healthy native forest that was decimated due to the lack of water.
Water code laws protect streams, ensuring that they have adequate water flowing through them to support: The cultivation of healthy crops, especially taro farming in the loʻi, thriving stream life, thriving ocean life, dependent on freshwater.
The long-term goal is seeing families have spaces to exercise their traditional and customary rights to gather resources supported by freshwater, including resources to feed their families, community members' enjoyment of stream recreation activities, adequate recharge of underground aquifers, household uses, beautiful and healthier environments.
Today, we need your testimony to help secure this historical movement and ensure water rights equality.
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Kingdom Pathways partnered up with the Na Keiki O Ka Mō'ī Canoe Club, led by Club President Deonne Carden, Wai'anae's Rotary Club members, and the Kaulia's, Mansfield's, Reeve's, Earll Ohana, Ikaika, Lavon, and Scott to conduct a clean-up of Pōka'ī Bay, Nene'u and Kū'īlioloa Heiau.
The volunteers picked up trash through Nene'u (bayside); some volunteers and Keiki's noticed about four 15inch deep holes and a trench dug into the sand filled with litter and human waste while walking alongside the lifeguard stand. Which triggered volunteers to get permission from the Lifeguards to trim the hedges opening up the area in hopes of having this space clear of encampments and sanitation issues. The Honolulu Police Department was on hand and observed the abandoned encampment. Allowing us to clear the debris site and restore the sand making the space safe for everyone, especially our Kupuna and Keiki!
Volunteers picked up trash and invasive feral cat feces near Kū'īlioloa Heiau; Kingdom Pathways director Carmen Guzman-Simpliciano noticed a Kupuna with a brand new bag of cat food on his way over to the Heiau. She asked what he would do with that and explained that we have endangered and federally protected migratory birds called Ua'u Kani (Wedge-tailed Shearwater) that live on the entire peninsula of Kāne'ilio Point. Each year, a pair of birds return to Kū'īlioloa Heiau and begin creating their burrows, only laying one egg per season in June, with most young fledging in November. He said, "that's why the cats are going in and out of the naupaka bushes?" She explained in last year's survey that they found deceased birds that had been ripped apart and to please help protect these birds and obey the signage posted near the Heiau prohibiting feeding any feral animals within Pōka'ī Bay. Also, to spread awareness, and if they see anyone with dogs, make sure they are on a leash. We must protect and preserve our U'au Kani for our Keiki and future mo'opuna (grandchildren).
Throughout it all, Pōka'ī Bay remains a gem on the Wai'anae Coast, and it is up to all of us to chip in and help out in as many ways as possible, even if it means just picking up one piece of trash while you spend your time there. Mahalo Nunui to everyone who allowed the Guzman-Simpliciano ohana to work alongside you to malama our 'ãina!
Our Ohana's kuleana to this special place where we not only grew up, surfed and played but is close to our hearts because this is where we lay our loved ones to rest so we will always #protectmakahabeach. #restinloveramonandloke #puaoi-guzman