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ItemMālama Puʻuloa: Understanding Soil Conditions and Recommendations for Restoration( 2021-05-15)Mālama Puʻuloa intends to restore three sites at Pu’uloa and reconnect the community to the Pu’uloa through growing food and reintroducing native plants, but there is unknown soil condition (fertility, toxicity, and health) which may impact or restrict restoration efforts. We performed three soil tests (fertility, toxicity and health) to more deeply understand the soil condition and provide recommendations to Mālama Puʻuloa for their three project sites.
ItemIdentifying the Barriers and Desires for a Honouliuli Watershed Collaboration( 2021-05-11)Mālama Puʻuloa looks to restore abundance to Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor). One step to achieve this goal is through the creation of a watershed collaboration within the Honouliuli watershed. A watershed collaboration would lead to a healthier watershed, providing many beneficial ecosystem services. A collaboration would also serve as a connection between the communities in the area. Using a community-based approach to create this collaboration, we looked to understand and listen to the voices of community partners. There were three unknown factors identified: 1) if community partners knew what a watershed collaboration was, 2) if they were interested in being a part of a watershed collaboration, and 3) if there were any barriers to joining a watershed collaboration. We created outreach material and an interview process for Mālama Puʻuloa to use when moving forward with this project. We also compiled a list of key community partners and conducted a few interviews to begin the overall interview process. From the interviews, we were able to gauge some community interest and compile a list of potential barriers to joining a watershed collaboration. The conclusions of the project highlight some next-step actions to take in the future.
ItemSetting a Baseline Regarding Mangrove Removal at Kapapapuhi Point Park( 2021-05-05)To help create a baseline of how mangrove removal will affect the surrounding ecosystem at Kapapapuhi Point Park, our group conducted a carbon emission estimation experiment, designed a sedimentation elevation experiment, and had conversations with other organizations regarding mangrove removal and disposal.