Lower He’eia Stream, Hawaii

Purpose of the project:
The project goal is to remove invasive species to improve water quality and fish habitat in He’eia Stream Estuary.

Human Interest/Community Benefit:
This project will restore native vegetation in the tidally influenced portion of Heʻeia Stream and its adjacent estuary. Project implementation will involve removal of a large stand of invasive riparian trees, followed by soil preparation, erosion control and riparian forest restoration using native and Polynesian-introduced plant species. Several segments of Heeia Stream and the surrounding ahupuaʻa (watershed) are the focus of synergistic restoration efforts which can serve as a model for community-supported watershed restoration in Hawaii. The estuary project builds on this ongoing work (nearly 2-miles of riparian habitat restoration) lead by Hui O Ko’olaupoko and partners in the upper reaches of the stream. In addition, this project complements other fish improvement, habitat improvement and wetland restoration on adjacent properties immediately upstream. It is anticipated that upwards of 5,000 community volunteer hours will be contributed to the project from local community members, school groups and service organizations.
Project Timeline: Summer 2015 – Fall 2016

Economic Calculator results:
Jobs: 6.3
Total Sales: $665,188.34
Value Added: $346,408.21
Income: $277,499.61

Major Partner: Hui o Koʻolaupoko (implementing partner - www.huihawaii.org)

Contributing partners: Hawaiʻi Department of Health – Clean Water Brach Non-point Source Pollution Control Program; Hawaiʻi Fish Habitat Partnership; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Kamaʻaina Kids; Paepae o Heʻeia; Hawai’i Pacific University; Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and the Hawai’i Community Foundation.

2015 Waters to Watch