Molokai Strives toward Eco Prosperity

Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii, July 25 (DHN) – The Island of Molokai, perhaps best known for its leper colony that was tended by Father Damien, currently has two major projects in the works that will promote eco and cultural restoration.
The Kainalu Mesic Forest Restoration Project has been proposed to protect and restore 15 acres of land. By planting native species and removing invasive plant species, along with installing a fence, the project hopes to protect 11 native species that are classified as federally endangered. This East Molokai land will become an eco- sanctuary for Molokai Red Cotton and the Hawaiian Native goose once the Environmental Assessment is approved, protecting them from feral pigs and axis deer.

Ancient fishponds being restored.

On South Molokai, the non-profit group Ka Honua Momona is working to restore the ancient fishponds dotting the island’s coastline. During the month of July, teenagers from Molokai and from Hana High School have been busy working on the restoration of Alii Fishpond. This fishpond, once reserved just for royalty, is a favorite tourist destination for travelers. Along this coastline over 60 fishponds were used daily, and Molokai was the most prosperous island. Thought to be constructed 700 years ago, these ancient fishponds were phenomenal feats of engineering prowess. Ka Honua Momona is also working to restore the Kalokoei Fishpond as well. Having just secured a 35-year lease for both fishponds, the non-profit hopes to bring a self-sufficient model back to the Hawaiian Islands. The restoration is not only great for ecological reasons, but also because these fishponds act as an outdoor classroom for schools and groups throughout the State of Hawaii. Administered by the government of Maui County, the island of Molokai is the fifth largest Hawaiian Island. Not visiting Molokai on your vacation? Go visit an ancient Hawaiian Fishpond on Oahu. Take an Eco Adventure tour with DHT and visit Molii Fishpond, one of the largest ancient fishponds in the Hawaiian Islands. All content, unless otherwise noted, is created by and for Discover Hawaii News, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discover Hawaii Tours. © 2011

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