A. NĀPUA BARROWS
Restoring Hawaii’s Native Limu To Hawaii’s Reefs
Waihe’e Limu Restoration (WLR) is an educational program focused upon restoring native limu to maintain a healthy marine ecosystem which will help perpetuate traditional Hawaiian cultural practices both on land and in the ocean. Begun by Alyson Nāpua Barrows, Alyson carries on her grandmother’s legacy.
WLR’s main audience consist of school age children from preschool to high school. They learn the different types of native limu and how limu benefits our ecosystem. Students meet the leaders at various sites around Maui to further their knowledge in areas like Hawaiian history, marine biology, social science, math and geometry through limu restoration. WLR’s small team can work with the Kumu’s to tailor the field trip to meet the class curriculum.
We can be found anywhere from Kanaha to Kahakuloa monitoring makai for water quality, wind and water currents, limu growth and fish population. And mauka, we are monitoring the streams for water quality and mindful of the influences of residential and agricultural development.
Sign up using the sign up form and join Nāpua and her team for a presentation on Restoring Hawaii’s Native Limu to Hawaii’s reefs: What are we giving up by losing our native limu? 1. Pass on genealogical knowledge, 2. Cultural practice/tradition, 3. Kuleana, 4. Connection. Presentation will be held at the HNKOP ‘Aha Mauliola, 10:00am and 11:00am at the UMHC Hale 216.