A Maunalua Bay where marine life is abundant, the water is clean and clear, and people take kuleana in caring for the bay. That’s the goal of a group dedicated to taking care of an East Honolulu Bay.
Alex Roth, Communications Coordinator for Malama Maunalua, says it’s a non-profit stewardship organization committed to restoring the health of Maunalua Bay. “One of our initiatives is removing invasive alien algae from Paiko Beach with community volunteers. Over the past ten years we have removed over 3.5 million pounds of algae thanks to the help of over 15,000 volunteers, including students, partner organizations and businesses, and community members,” she adds.
Nicole Williams, its Habitat Restoration Coordinator, details that there are three main types of invasive algae in Maunalua Bay: leather mudweed, prickly seaweed, and Gorilla Ogo. “These invasive species flourish off of an environment created by sediment and runoff from the land. As the invasive algae spreads, it smothers coral reefs and native algal communities, killing areas of the native habitat,” she explains.
If you’d like to help prevent the invasive algae from killing the native species in the Bay, Williams encourages you to help organizations such as Malama Maunalua remove the invasive algae and clear the area for native species to regrow.
Malama Maunalua is holding a community huki this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to celebrate Hawaii Species Awareness Week. Volunteers will meet at Kuliouou Beach Park in East Oahu at 9 a.m., and together we’ll walk over to Paiko Beach to “huki” or pull the algae.
To sign up, visit malamamaunalua.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.