We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan community organization serving East Honolulu, established in 2004. Officers and Directors are pro bono. We encourage grassroots organizing, believe in open dialogue and disclosure guaranteed under the Sunshine Law. We strive to promote sensible growth and respect for the land. We would like to give you the opportunity to stay in touch with us, our community, and its issues.
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Our mission is to uphold the integrity of the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan which sets guidelines for sensible development respectful of Hawaiian cultural and natural resources that make East Honolulu a unique place to live. Protection of land through stewardship or acquisition and community education and engagement.
MEMBERSHIP - Annual membership is $10.00. Please join or donate by clicking the donate button. We will acknowledge your payment and welcome you into our organization. Help Livable Hawaii Kai preserve the beauty of East Honolulu forever. Dues and Donations are “Tax Deductible”
Donations can also be mailed to Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, P.O. Box 25493, Honolulu, HI 96825-0493. Together we can enhance the livability of our community. Unified we strengthen the citizen's position in the decision making process that guides the future growth and development of our home town.
OUR NEXT BIG EVENT APRIL 12TH, 2014
April 12, 2014 is the annual Mad Hatter Garden Party at the Oahu Club to benefit the Keawawa wetland community project- we hope you consider attending. MAD HATTER INFORMATION
Mad Hatter Party
April 12, 2014 | 4:30 to 8:30 PM
The Oahu Club, 6800 Hawaii Kai Drive, Honolulu 96825
$60 per person/$70 at the door ($30 is tax-deductible) $10 off ticket if purchased prior to 3/10
Casual dress with fun, expressive hats
Includes: Music by Bobby Moderow Jr., Strings by Mid-Pacific Institute students,
Festive food from Cha Cha Cha Salsaria
Fun desserts from Bubbies Homemade Ice cream & Desserts (Koko Marina Center)
Prizes for best hats, silent and live auction, door prizes, wetland tours, and more
HAWAII KAI – A fundraiser at The Oahu Club will benefit community conservation project in East O’ahu. Recipient of the fund raising is Livable Hawaii Kai Hui (Hui) and its ongoing Keawawa Wetland and Hawea Heiau Complex community project. The Hui’s goal is to restore the wetland and enhance the ‘Alae’ ula habitat, which includes the reintroduction of native plants along 1.5 acres of Keawawa wetland at The Oahu Club and continues on 5-acres of the neighboring property where Hawea heiau complex is situated upland. Over the past year, the Hui removed over 346 invasive trees and shrubs.
Mardi LaPrade, an Oahu Club member, first noticed the ‘Alae’ula several years ago and has since worked with the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui to establish appropriate oversight partnerships to help with conservation planning including wetland delineation of the area and the development of educational and community-based kokua programs. LaPrade noted that “according to the 2005 Fish and Wildlife report, there are estimated 300 to 400 ‘Alae ‘ula in the world, inhabiting only O’ahu and Kauai”. Because of this, the restoration and maintenance of this little wetland would greatly benefit this species.
The first Mad Hatter Party in 2011 benefited Hui’s efforts to bring awareness to the wetland area. Since, several local businesses including The Oahu Club, Bubbies Homemade Ice cream & Desserts at Koko Marina Center, Cha Cha Cha Salsaria, Riches Kahala at Kahala Mall, Hawaii Kai Jaycees and Maunalua Communities Foundation stepped up to help coordinate this annual event as a way of giving back to community while helping this non-profit achieve its conservation and public education goals. The Hui plans to unveil a preliminary master landscape plan for the wetland at the event.
Strings by Mid-Pacific Institute students kick off the festivities and Bobby Moderow Jr. of Maunalua performing later in the evening. Guests are asked to wear their finest chapeau decked out in creative finery. A contest will choose a People’s Choice winner for best fun or favorite design. Silent auction items are now being accepted.
Persons interested in volunteering for the event may contact Dianne Glei, 224-8357. Tickets are available at www.hawaiikaihui.org through PayPal or mail check to Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, P.O. Box 25493, Honolulu, Hawaii 96825.
Keawawa is a spring-fed estuarine wetland. Estuarine wetlands occur where freshwater meets the ocean, and the resulting brackish system is a nursery ground for young fish and shellfish, which are prey species for native birds and coastal fisheries. Keawawa wetland provides habitat for indigenous ‘auku‘u (black-crowned night heron), endemic pinao (giant green darner dragonfly), various species of native damselflies, endangered ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt), and 3-9 of the estimated 300 to 400 remaining endangered ‘alae ‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen). According to USFWS, ideal habitat for ‘alae ‘ula is dense emergent vegetation near open water with shallow water depths and fresh water. Keawawa wetland provides such a habitat and the ‘alae ‘ula now have approximately 2 broods of chicks there per year. The ‘alae ‘ula have not been documented at Keawawa wetland in recent US Fish and Wildlife Service Surveys (USFWS Recovery Plan had no record of ‘alae ‘ula in the area from 1999-2003) but kupuna (elders) of the area speak of their steady presence at Keawawa fishpond in the past.
4-17-2013 Livable Hawaii Kai Hui 9th year anniversary award at Kapolei Hale presented by Council member Stanley Chang VIEW CERTIFICATE
Front Row: Kym Pine, Gary Weller, Kaleo Paik, Stanley Chang, Elizabeth Reilly, Dick Johnson
Back Row: Breene Hanamoto, Joey Monahan, Ron Menor, Ann Kobayashi, Ikaika Anderson, Carol Fukunaga, Ernie Martian
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Representative Gene Ward introduces Elizabeth Reilly to discuss Ka Iwi coastline http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PeWXrfhw9k
Ongoing - The first Sunday of every month from 9 am – 1 pm, Maunalua Communities Foundation (MCF) will host local farmers, artisans, food vendors and community groups to gather at Koko Marina Center in the parking lot between First Hawaiian Bank and Chevron gas station.
Neighbors from East Oahu and beyond are invited to attend this event that will evoke emotions through sights, sounds and smells while instilling a sense of place where we are all responsible for the communities in which we live. We will also reach out to our visitors by inviting them to a market where they can mingle with locals from the community.
With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and the trend of less personal interactions through the Internet and mobile phones, our vision is to have this market become a place where we can meet old friends, make new ones and find out what is going on in the world around us - the old-fashioned way! For information on First Sunday's Open Market contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
What makes Hawaii Kai Livable? Kamilo Nui Valley - It all started on April 22, 2004 with a street banner that read, "What Makes Hawaii Kai Livable",and a mission to help preserve Kamilo Nui Valley from residential development because it is outside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). In our efforts to protect the Valley, we realized from the many letters we received from Hawaii Kai residents, that there were too many quality of life and environmental issues that needed to be addressed so we established Livable Hawaii Kai Hui. We are your friends and neighbors. We are citizens like you, with valid community concerns. We connect on issues such as traffic, congestion, aging infrastructure, zoning, and urban sprawl. We are for maintaining adequate open space and the preservation of the agricultural lots in Kamilo Nui Valley and other areas in East Honolulu. Kamilonui Valley is a natural watershed that leads out to Maunalua Bay.
Livable Hawaii Kai Hui sign first posted on April 22, 2004.................A map from the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan shows areas outside the Urban Growth Boundary are in light green.
LIVABLE HAWAII KAI HUI CORPORATION IS ORGANIZED FOR CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL, AND SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES, INCLUDING ENCOURAGING GRASS ROOTS ORGANIZATION, COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND EDUCATION OF LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT GUIDE SENSIBLE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR RESIDENTS, FOCUSING ON THE PRESERVATION OF THE AGRICULTURAL LANDS IN KAMILONUI VALLEY, NATURAL WATERSHEDS AND ADEQUATE OPEN SPACES AND COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP FOR THE PROTECTION OF WATERSHEDS, WETLANDS, NATURAL AND SCENIC RESOURCES AND CULTURAL AND HISTORIC AREAS IN EAST HONOLULU.
The Farm Lots of Kamilo Nui Valley. In the foreground, the farmer's road curves around the Spillway where rainwater flows into the Hawaii Kai Marina. Kamilo Nui Valley is a natural watershed that aides in protecting the ecosystem that filters and flows out to Maunalua Bay.
The Farmer’s road has provided the leaseholders with ingress and egress for the past 35 yrs. The Farmer’s co-op was formed in the early 1970's when they were uprooted from the Lunalilo Home Road farmland to help pave the way for future Hawaii Kai development.
The Farm land is owned by Kamehameha Schools.
Protecting the Urban Growth Boundaries of East Honolulu - Kamilo Nui Valley, The Ka Iwi Coastline, and the Paiko Ridge Parcels. We have unanimous support from our Hawaii Kai community, Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board, and our city and state officials.
Our mission is to uphold the integrity of the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan.
We have many goals but our primary ones include:
1. Educate residents on issues that impact the quality of our lives and increase community input and involvement at the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meetings.
2. Learn and share the knowledge about our wetlands, natural and scenic resources, cultural and historic landmarks. Encourage community stewardship.
3. Preserve the agricultural farm lots in Kamilo Nui Valley that serve as a natural watershed and open space for our community and the visitors that are passing through.
One of the best ways to learn about the growth and development of our community is to understand the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan. Here you will learn about the city's vision for East Honolulu as well as understand development guidelines regarding setbacks, height restrictions, what the urban growth boundary is and why it is so important. Reading this plan is only the start... You need to couple it with keeping a watchful eye on who wants to build what, where and when, and research it to see if it is in violation of this plan. For example; did you know that Kamilo NuiValley is outside the urban growth boundary (UGB) and that according to the city's vision it should remain that way through 2020? Did you know that from 1995 to 2020 residential growth should be limited to no more than 6,000 new residents? Did you know that commercial expansion should be limited to the boundaries of the current retail centers? Click on the link above and read!
STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
Interesting? Well there is much more and that is why we encourage you to join us. Get connected and stay informed. Speak to our public leaders with a concerted voice. Together we can make a difference. Our Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board is our first line of representation to all decisions that impact our city, our county and our state. It is important that you vote for members you know and trust. And, we invite you to come and join us at these meetings. They currently meet the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Hahaione Elementary School cafeteria.
Maunalua Historical Website will always be featured in our website. It was created by Livable Hawaii Kai Hui Member Ann Marie Kirk and launched on June 21, 2008. This website will always be changing as new historic information and "talk story" is added. Please click this link to view the website. www.maunalua.net
Photo of the Valley by Jim Longwell
Marina Photos by: Leonard Nakahashi (524-3195)
Hawaii Kai Marina Upper Pond - photo by Gayle Carr