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Apelila 2024 Newsletter

May 3, 2024

Read our newsletters for updates, events, and information on our programs!

Welcome back to another Hui Newsletter!

As we welcome in the vibrant month of Mei, our hearts are filled with gratitude for your support of our mission and ongoing activities!

In this edition, we're excited to share glimpses of our recent school visits, present our upcoming internship and events, and introduce you to our new Makai Watch Coordinator.

Mahalo for joining us and stay tuned for more updates!


Interested in visiting the Hui?


If you’re interested in volunteering with the Hui either individually or as part of a workday, a community group, or a school group you can fill out this link!

Click Here For Our Volunteer Inquiry Form!


Classroom Visits

Celebrating Native Hawaiian Plant Month and More!

Several of our local classrooms opened their doors to us this Apelila! Our Education Program Director, Emily brought nature to the classrooms at Kamaehameha Schools Anahola and Kaumakani Preschool to celebrate Native Hawaiian Plant Month. The students participated in a mamaki tea party, made ʻōhia lehua play--doh models, and learned about the importance of these plants to Hawaiʻi.

We also made our way to Kalaheo Elementary School, where the 1st graders are learning "Huki i Ke Kalo" as their May Day song this year. In collaboration with the nonprofit, Kumano i Ke Ala, the Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana shared the story of Hāloa. We brought kalo for the keiki to clean, kuʻi, grind, and mix. We are so happy to be a part of their May Day prep!


Meet our New Makai Watch Coordinator
Ipo Oliva

If you've been down to the Hui loʻi or visited the beaches of ʻena lately, you may have seen Ipo, our new Makai Watch Coordinator! We're thrilled to introduce her as an addition to our Hui. You can find her monitoring the beaches of ʻena educating the public about the Hāʻena CBSFA, Makai Watch, and ocean safety. So, if you see her while you're down there, don't be shy - say hi!

Here's a word from Ipo: 'Aloha, everyone! I'm stoked to be part of the Makai Watch team, working to protect our ecosystem in Hāʻena. As we enjoy these stunning shores, let's remember to be mindful of our impact. One simple way to help is by using reef-safe sunscreen. Brands like Mama Kuleana, Little Hands Hawaii, Kokua Sun Care, Raw Love, and Sun Bum offer great options for reef-safe sunscreen. It's a small change that can make a huge difference in preserving the delicate ecosystem within our oceans, ensuring future generations can enjoy them as much as we do!'

If you're interested in helping with the Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana's Makai Watch, you can fill out our Inquiry Form Here.

Visitor Spotlight

A Special Mahalo

To our Community Workday Volunteers

Who came out on Apelila 6 & 20 2024

We love seeing our community in action! Mahalo to our community members who joined us for our Apelila workday's, we were able to harvest kalo and plant hala in our loʻi complex.

A Special Mahalo

To Kahili Adventist School

Who came out on 16 Apelila 2024

The K-8th graders from Kahili Adventist School were able to join us this month, where they learned how to harvest and clean kalo!

Mark Your Calendar

Stay up to date with the Hui and Check out our Website Calendar

Applications are now Open!

ʻena Biocultural Internship 2024

Application Deadline: May 20, 2024

The Hāʻena Biocultural Internship is back again and applications for the summer program are now open! The internship will be held for 5 weeks starting on June 10, 2024 and is hosted in the ahupuaʻa of Hāʻena, Kauaʻi. The internship is a collaboration between Limahuli Garden & Preserve and the Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana.

Click here to apply!

Or contact Emily Cadiz at

Waipā Foundation ʻĀina Festival

May 4, 2024

Our community workday for this Saturday, May 4th, is canceled! In support of the Waipā Foundation, we encourage you to attend their ʻĀina Festival this Saturday instead. The festival will be held at Halulu Fishpond on May 4th from 11am - 4 pm. The Hui will be hosting an informational booth alongside Limahuli Garden & Preserve who will be selling native plants. Come down for a day of fun to celebrate and honor ʻāina, culture, and community.

Community Workday

18 Mei 2024

@ Hui Loi 9:00am to 2:00pm

Join us for a Community Workday! The Hui hosts Community Workdays on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. If you're interested in joining us you can let us know by emailing

Click here for more info our Hui Community Workdays!

Check This Out

You may remember that in Malaki 2024, the Hui welcomed the gathering of E Alu Pu, where participants planted a kalo patch, introducting13 new varieties of kalo to our loʻi complex.

Check out the side-by-side pictures below to see what the planted kalo looks like after a month of growth!

Malaki 2024

Apelila 2024

Looking for a New Career?
The Hui is Hiring!

Position Name: Makai Watch Coordinator (Hoaʻāina o Hāʻena)


Location: Hāʻena State Park (end of the road)

Description: The Hui is recruiting a Makai Watch Coordinator who will be responsible for the implementation and oversight of the Hoaʻāina o Hāʻena Makai Watch program including raising public awareness, community outreach, shoreline observations, data collection, and incident reporting, and to oversee and coordinate the active stewardship of marine and coastal resources under the Hāʻena CBSFA.

View the Job Application Here!


Have any questions about working with us?

Visit our website for more information and full job requirements through the link below. You can also email the Executive Director at for any questions

Click Here To View The Full Job Postings!

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