Spring/Summer Newsletter 2017

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Newsletter 2017  

In This Issue

Partners Corner

OANRP and Kualoa 

Ranch engage in native 

forest habitat restoration 

and land stewardship 

practices for watershed 


Page 2 - 4

Coca-Cola Press Release

The Waiawa fence project 

gets a boost from the 

Coca-Cola Company

Page 6

Poamoho Boardwalk

A new boardwalk on a 

section of the Poamoho 

Trail helps prevent the 

spread of invasive weeds

Page 8

KMWP Events Calendar

Join us for upcoming 

volunteer workdays and 

community events!

Page 10

The Koʻolau Mountains Watershed Partnership (KMWP) was established in 1999 

with the signing of a memorandum of agreement by 8 landowning partners in the 

Koʻolau. Today KMWP includes 16 public and private landowners and 8 associate 

partners who continue to work collaboratively to help protect our mauka forests. 

This issue will showcase the work that some of our partners are doing independent-

ly to support watershed protection on their lands, as well as highlight our coopera-

tive work in priority management areas.

The Partnership Issue

work please visit our most recent Ecosystem Management Pro-

gram Bulletin at



Through this restoration work, techniques are being developed for 

efficient collection, transplantation, propagation and outplanting 

of common native plant taxa. OANRP is happy to share lessons 

learned with other managers.

What goals does OANRP have for managing the land?

OANRP’s focus is in managing habitat to support our stabilization 

efforts for federally listed species identified in Biological Opinions 

from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Program has had great 

success increasing numbers of individual rare plants and animals 

via threat control and outplanting.

What challenges does OANRP experience in doing watershed pro-

tection work?

New invasive species are an incredible challenge! One endan-

gered plant that we are trying to stabilize is Eugenia koolauensis 

or nioi. All of the populations that OANRP monitors and manages 

have declined by ~70% since the introduction of Puccinia psidii 

rust. More stringent biosecurity measures are necessary to pre-

serve the natural resources and watersheds of Hawaiʻi. 

OANRP conducts annual roadside and landing zone surveys and 

one year ago discovered a new state record of Chelonanthes 

acutangulus that was likely introduced via road stabilization seed-

ing. There are so many pathways for invasive species and our work 

just becomes more challenging with each additional invasion.

Do you have any volunteer opportunities? Where can interested 

volunteers find more information?

OANRP offers monthly volunteer service trips throughout the 

Waiʻanae Mountain range.  Each educational trip incorporates 

hiking and a hands-on opportunity to care for Oʻahu’s natural 

resources through invasive weed control in native habitat and 

occasional planting activities.  Visit the volunteer page at 


 for more info on how to get involved.

At right: Photopoints of dramatic vegetation recovery 

                    in OANRP’s ʻŌpaeula Management Unit

The Oʻahu Army Natural Resources  Program (OANRP) is one of KMWP’s original partners 

dating back to 1999. OANRP works at sites in both the Koʻolau and Waiʻanae Mountain ranges. 

We asked Natural Resource Manager Kapua Kawelo to highlight the current activities, success-

es, and challenges of OANRP’s work in watershed protection.

What are some of the current watershed protection activities OANRP is working on? 

The Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program continues to manage our existing habitat protec-

tion fences in the Waiʻanae and Koʻolau Mountains related to offsetting Army training impacts 

to endangered species. In the Koʻolau Mountains, OANRP conducts quarterly camping trips to 

the ʻŌpaeʻula-Helemano, ʻŌpaeʻula Lower and the Koloa Management Units (MU). The oldest 

OANRP fence in the Koʻolau Mountains is the ʻŌpaeʻula-Helemano MU which was completed 

in 2003. At right are some photopoints showing the dramatic vegetation recovery that occurred 

in the ʻŌpaeʻula portion of this MU. 

Are there any innovations in management techniques you would like to share?

OANRP has embarked on more aggressive habitat conversion and active restoration over the 

last three years. This work mainly focuses on the Waiʻanae Mountain MUs because of the de-

graded nature of the habitat here as compared to the intact state of the Koʻolau MUs in gener-

al. Intensive strawberry guava and Christmas berry removal and active restoration is being con-

ducted with great success. To see more info on the OANRP Ecosystem Restoration Crew’s


   KMWP Spring/Summer 2017




Kualoa Ranch has been a partner since 2003. 

Below, Natural Resource Manager, Taylor 

Kellerman, shares an update on the watershed  

management work taking place on the wind-

ward side of the Koʻolau.

“Good land stewardship and conservation 

practice continues to be a core value of Kualoa 

Ranch.  Our management area includes the 

ahupuaʻa of Hakipuʻu, Kualoa, and Kaʻaʻawa 

totaling just under 4,000 acres.  We employ 5 

full-time staff that are dedicated to this prac-

tice, and activities include general watershed 

management, invasive species eradication, 

pasture management, and native outplanting.  

The most predominant invasives we have been 

targeting in the past year include albizia, ardi-

sia, and fiddlewood.  While this is an ongoing 

task we have found that success can be made 

by using a consistent and diligent “slow and 

steady” approach. One of the most recent 

projects we have undertaken is the restoration 

of a 15 acre loʻi system in Hakipuʻu Makai.

Our goal is to produce both food and edu-

cational opportunities, as well as continuing 

the practice of utilizing makai loʻi as a rain 

shed management tool. Earlier in the year we 

also outplanted approximately 50 koa trees 

obtained from Hawaiʻi Agriculture Research 

Center (HARC) Maunawili in both Hakipuʻu 

and Kaʻaʻawa Valleys.”

Kualoa is currently looking for dedicated indi-

viduals who have a passion for land steward-

ship, and encourage all who are interested to 

please contact Taylor Kellerman 



.  They also welcome groups that 

would like to participate in their loʻi resto-

ration project, inquires can be sent to Taylor 

as well.

E keahui like 

i ka hana

Let everybody pitch in 

and work together


ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 323


   KMWP Spring/Summer 2017

Keiki koa trees before outplanting in 

Hakipuʻu and Kaʻaʻawa valleys

   On April 11, 2017, representatives from the 

Department of Land and Natural Resources 

(DLNR), the Coca-Cola Co., and KMWP gathered 

on the mountain to announce plans for a new 

replenishment project in Waiawa- a priority water-

shed and major source of drinking water on Oʻahu.

Coca-Cola’s $200,000 contribution will help to 

fund the construction of a 6.6 mile-long protective 

fence near the summit area. This fencing project 

is among more than 100 community watershed 

projects Coca-Cola supports throughout the coun-

try through their Environmental Initiatives program. 

The goal of the program centers around replenish-

ing 100% of the water used in their beverages by 

returning the resource to communities and nature. 

This grant will be matched with $100,000 from 

the Honolulu Board of Water Supply (HBWS) and 

$100,000 from the State watershed Capital Im-

provement Projects (CIP) funding. Fundraising for 

an additional $800,000 needed to complete the 

fence is ongoing.

Above: Sam ʻOhu Gon III blesses the project 

Below: Bruce Karas, VP of Coca-Cola’s Environmental 

& Sustainability Programs, speaks about the 

company’s role in the project.


Press Release

The forests in the mauka regions of Waiawa in the central Koʻolaus comprise some of the 

most important watersheds on the island. The Waiawa watershed is the principle recharge 

area for the Pearl Harbor Aquifer, supplying residents with over 364 million gallons of water 

each day.

Protection and management of this area is a priority for the State of Hawaiʻi and the HBWS. 

This partnership project will lead to the protection of 1,400 acres of priority watershed which 

is comprised of 1,000 acres of Kamehameha Schools land to the north and 400 acres of state 

land in the ʻEwa Forest Reserve to the south. The fence will help protect the watershed by 

preventing invasive plants and animals from degrading the forest surrounding the watershed. 

Invasive species limit the ability of the watershed to recharge. The fence also helps to preserve 

the native flora and fauna found in the Waiawa watershed.

Above: Members of the project’s partnering organizations gather for a picture after the press release


   KMWP Spring/Summer 2017

Above: Map of Waiawa Watershed. It was identified as a top priority watershed by Honolulu Board of 

Water Supply in 2012 because of its high contribution to groundwater recharge.

Photo: Hawaii DLNR



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aii DLNR

Photo: Hawaii DLNR

2017 work so far...

Acres of weed 




Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) 

to eradicate this species and control efforts 

are ongoing.

In 2016, KMWP received permission from 

the landowner, Kamehameha Schools Bish-

op Estate, to build a boardwalk along a 300 

foot section of the Koʻolau Summit Ridge 

Trail that passes through the core infestation 

area. “The overall goal was to help prevent 

the spread of Tibouchina herbacea seeds via 

hikers,” said Amanda Hardman, Non-Native 

Plant Management Specialist with DLNR - 

DOFAW, “The seeds are very tiny and the 

population started along the trail so we be-

lieve there are still residual seeds in bank.” 

The boardwalk was constructed in partner-

ship with DLNR-DOFAW and the Nā Ala 

Hele Trails & Access Program. “This is one 

of the better projects we’ve done.“ says 

Josiah Jury, KMWP Ungulate Manager, who 

took the lead on building the boardwalk. 

“Our crew works in the area and we proba-

bly cross that path the most out of anyone, 

so it seemed fitting that we would put it in.”

Above: Crew of Nā Ala Hele (DLNR) and KMWP 

install pre-fabricated pieces of boardwalk on the trail

  In 2008, an incipient infestation of cane ti 

(Tibouchina herbacea) was discovered near the 

summit trail of Poamoho by the Oʻahu Army 

Natural Resources Program (OANRP). Cane ti is 

a member of the Melastomataceae family, the 

same family known for the superweeds miconia 

and clidemia. In the absence of effective control, 

cane ti could come to dominate and alter the 

structure of the forest at Poamoho. This change 

could reduce the vegetation’s ability to break the 

force of rain received at the summit and lead to 

increased runoff as less water percolates into the 


Since it was first detected, the population has 

been continuously monitored and controlled. 

Delimiting surveys indicate that the plants are 

concentrated in a core area of 1.3 acres at the 

summit, though outliers have been discovered in 

spots on the steep windward side of the summit, 

in the upper portions of Paukauila Stream, and 

as far as 7,000 meters downstream of this cen-

tral area. The Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee 

(OISC) has partnered with KMWP and the DLNR


   KMWP Spring/Summer 2017


Individual weeds 



Native plants outplanted 

at Pali Lookout


Feral ungulates controlled 

in South Poamoho MU





Daniel Sailer was a life-long naturalist and career conservationist who 

had a significant impact on the native plants, animals, keiki of Oʻahu 

and the Hawaiian conservation community. His professional career 

in conservation spanned over twenty-five years, but his passion for 

nature began as a child when he would explore the stream below his 

house with neighborhood kids. He discovered at an early age that he 

was happiest when he was outdoors. Dan left his mark on his fel-

low conservation professionals as a mentor, resource of knowledge 

and subject of inspiration. He wrote a comprehensive mesic forest 

restoration guide for Hawaiʻi titled: I Hoʻola I ka Nahele: To Heal a 

Forest, which has served as a valuable resource for restoration work 

for nearly two decades.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dan since 2001 and he has been 

my inspiration. Dan was always an enthusiastic leader that led by ex-

ample, never asking someone to do something that he himself would 

not do and a heartfelt joy and passion for the forest and its native 

inhabitants. He was the pinnacle of physical fitness gaining him the 

nickname, “The Danimal.” Dan excelled in most outdoor activities 

from rock climbing to kayak surfing. Many of us often recount his 

infamous sayings to inspire field crews such as, “It’s not going to kill 

us,” usually with respect to a seemingly Herculean task. It was true, 

we did many things that were very hard but we can make a long list 

of things that did not kill us and he always did them alongside us. 

Dan always met you with a smile and a warm welcome and acted as 

a patient and supportive mentor, always making others his priority. 

He had a keen sense of humor but his jokes and quips were often 

said quietly so one had to listen closely to keep from missing them. 

Ever humble and soft spoken, but an immeasurable positive impact 

for so many.

Dan was a conservation warrior, talented artist, loving husband and 

father and will forever be in our hearts and with us in the forest. 

Mahalo Stuart


As one of the original signators from the beginning of KMWP, 

Stuart Lau

 from the Queen Emma Land Co. has been with us from 

the start. He is also a founding member of our fiscal sponsor ʻOhu 

ʻOhu Koʻolau Inc. and has been it’s Treasurer for many years. We 

have come to rely on his calm demeanor and wealth of institutional 



We would like to acknowledge his contribution to KMWP for the 

past 18 years and wish him well in his retirement. Mahalo nunui 

Stuart for all your support of KMWP and our  work in the Koʻolau. 

Aloha nō!

Aloha Dan


26  Pali Lookout Workday

             8:30a -12:30p

16  Pali Lookout Workday

             8:30a -12:30p

30  Mānana Trail Workday

             9:00a - 3:30p

15   Pali Lookout Workday

             8:30a -12:30p

21  Pali Lookout Workday

             8:30a -12:30p

Please Note: This is a tentaive schedule. All dates subject to change.







   KMWP Spring/Summer 2017

Volunteer workdays and events KMWP is attending in the Koʻolau

KMWP Events Calendar

18  Pali Lookout Workday

             8:30a -12:30p

25  Mānana Trail Workday

             9:00a - 3:30p


By Will Weaver

With Text Adapted From: The Senate Honors 

and Recognizes Daniel Sailer For a Lifetime of 

Contributions to Conservation

grateful, gratified, thankful

17   Hōkūleʻa Arrival at Magic Island

24   Pali Lookout Workday

             8:30a -12:30p


Working together to 

protect and sustain the 

forests, waters and people 

of the Koʻolau Mountains.

Koʻolau Mountains 

Watershed Partnership

2551 Waimano Home Rd. 

Bldg. 202

Pearl City, HI 96782

Office: (808) 453-6110

Outreach: (808) 426-8071

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