Kumu Hula Leihiʻilani Kirkpatrick and the haumāna of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hiʻilani went on a huakaʻi to Alakoko Fishpond, a cultural site along the Hulēʻia River.
The hālau had the opportunity to learn about the area and the efforts to protect this ecosystem. We gained awareness of the presence of invasive species, such as the red mangrove, and the severity of the effects of invasive plants on the river systems and surrounding wetlands.
Mahalo nui loa to Peleke Flores and Mālama Hulēʻia for receiving our hoʻokupu, oli and hula and a big mahalo to all the volunteers who work hard to remove invasive plants so that the native wetland ecosystem can be restored.
Photo credit : Leimakamae Dill from Halewai Photography