On Aug. 17, 2018, 60 members of the Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club went on a tour of the Waiheʻe Water Tunnel in Windward Oʻahu. The tour was led by Auntie Mahealani Cypher. While small groups rotated to enter the tunnel, others enjoyed swimming in the nearby Waiheʻe stream (also known as “Ice Pond”). Some hiked up to Waiheʻe Falls and others made lei from fresh greens to leave as hoʻokupu. It was a fabulous day filled with friendship, love, and a renewed respect for our ʻāina & wai. This tunnel was built in the early 1950s to supply water to the Windward side, particularly the Kailua & Kaelepulu areas. The tunnel is 1800 ft long and is indeed an engineering marvel. We must mālama our wai and protect this precious resource we are so lucky to have in our moku.
On Saturday August 26th, 2017, civic club members, scientists, political figures, and the community gathered in Heʻeia the site of Kakʻo ʻOiwi for the dedication of the NERRS Program. A remarkable morning marking a great effort, the start of new relationships, and the beginning of a new chapter in Koʻolaupoko!
Read more about the NERRS Program here: https://coast.noaa.gov/data/docs/nerrs/hawaii-reserve-draft-mgmt-plan.pdf