Grind Time: Hui o Ko‘olaupoko heads mauka
BY JASON GENEGABUS / firstname.lastname@example.org
Protecting and caring for Hawaii’s precious natural resources is a noble and virtuous endeavor — and one that takes a lot of money and hard work to succeed.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of efforts to preserve the watershed in windward Oahu, which have been spearheaded since 2007 by 501(c)3 non-profit organization Hui o Ko’olaupoko. From Makapu’u to Kualoa, the group works with community members to “improve water quality through ecosystem restoration and storm water management.”
And like many other non-profits, HOK must continually raise money to help keep things running smoothly. Now in its second year, an annual two-part Makai to Mauka Fundraiser presents a fun way for the general public to get involved and learn more about the organization.
The first part, Huaka’i Makai (“Journey to the Ocean” in Hawaiian), took place Nov. 7 at Kailua Bay and included swimming, outrigger paddling and stand-up paddleboard races. Huaka’i Mauka (“Journey to the Mountains”) followed on Saturday with a “farm-to-fork” dinner collaboration by chefs Mark “Gooch” Noguchi of Pili Group and Kealoha Domingo of Nui Kealoha Hawaii.
Dozens of guests braved sporadic downpours outside the Kualoa Ranch ranch house as they enjoyed drinks from Barefoot Wines and Kona Brewing Company and bid on silent auction items. Guests were also invited to take part in a stream restoration tour as Ka’imi Hanano’eau and Keale provided a musical soundtrack for the evening.
Here’s a look at the menu, which included a number of ingredients sourced from Kualoa Ranch and surrounding ahupua’a:
According to Hui o Ko’olaupoko, funds raised from this year’s Makai to Mauka Fundraiser will be used for ongoing restoration project maintenance and engaging the community via volunteer opportunities. Learn more by calling (808) 277-5611 or visiting www.huihawaii.org.
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