Visit a Historical Park & Remove Invasive Species

by NPS (National Park Service volunteers)

Disclaimer: This site is following COVID-19 protocols which are updated with the Hawaii State Department of Health and may restrict certain activities.

The Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is located just south of Kona International Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii. This beautiful historic site includes Aimakapa fishpond, vital today as a refuge for many native and migratory wetland birds. Looking back in time, Aimakapa Fishpond was a loko pu’uone. This type of pond consists of a large water area trapped behind sea dunes. A channel was dug from the pond to the ocean to allow for water circulation and exchange. Aimakapa Fishpond was used to raise fish for the ali’i (chiefs) and is thought to be over 600 years old.

Your help is needed to keep the fishpond and its surrounding ecosystem healthy. While clearing habitat for native birds and fish, we are in a race against invasive plant species before they further choke the park. This also gives an insightful experience learning about this often overlooked place from dedicated stewards in partnership with the National Park Service. Be a part of the restoration and maintenance of this important and historic Hawaiian method of land and water use.

Highlights

    • Meet dedicated volunteers with a connection to the land and sea
    • Serve on a National Historical Park site that few get to experience
    • Learn how Hawaiians developed an advanced method of sea and land use that spread throughout the islands
    • Bring potluck lunch to talk-story at the end of the workday (weather permitting)

COVID-19 Update

    • Practice social distancing, maintain at least six feet of distance between you and others
    • Wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use your hand sanitizer
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • If you feel sick, please visit another day
    • Let wildlife be wild, please stay 20 feet away from any honu (sea turtles) on the beach

Know Before You Join

    • Must be able and willing to work in muddy conditions while bending and using hand tools
    • Please be respectful of the area as it is culturally and historically significant
    • This activity is located on the Big Island of Hawaii

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