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First CAT Volunteers at Kapapapuhi Point Park


On Saturday, April 9, First CAT volunteers traveled out to 'Ewa to help restore Kapapapuhi Point Park, formerly known as West Loch Community Shoreline Park. Together, with many other volunteers in the hot sun, FICOH associates and family members cleared invasive mangrove and prepared planting areas for native species. That involved cutting and removing mature mangrove and pulling up young mangrove seedlings to prevent them from growing. Leading the project was Hui o Ho'ohonua (HOH808), a non-profit organization focused on restoring the 'Ewa moku on 'Oahu – which was once home to multiple Hawaiian fishponds – so that it can once again provide food. In just a few short years, volunteers have already cleared out a massive section of mangrove, allowing Honouliuli Stream to flow freely into Pu'uloa (Pearl Harbor) once again. This was First CAT’s first time volunteering with HOH808. We look forward to returning and continuing to support their efforts to restore the richness and abundance of Pearl Harbor.