Save Oahu Hawaii is a concept we must imbrase to
preseve our beautiful island! Oahu may just be a little
dot on a map but it is one of the most
beautiful places in the world. It’s a place we come to relax, see
beautiful sights, and enjoy amazing experiences. Although this all
sounds great, due to Oahu’s
population being close to a million people,
and popularity with over a million visitors per year, pollution is on
the rise and
slowly being destroyed from our foot print.
Taking notice of this concern, people have started
good organizations and programs to help slow and stop this distructive
process and keep Oahu
thriving with beauty.
Surfrider is a foundation that focuses on cleaning
oceans surrounding Oahu. During their beach clean up something unique
people do is go swimming and surfing while cleaning up the coral reef
and water. They try to preserve
healthy beaches which are recreational
areas and important coastal ecosystems.
Surfrider Foundation protects special places and use Marine
Protected Areas to
protect marine life and allow the beach to rebuild. They try to help
reduce the use of plastics so marine life can be preserved. They
tell you how you can help out by showing what you can do at your home.
For example, you can make a beautiful garden that not only catches the
eye of people passing by, but also captures the polluted runoff that
flows to the local beaches.
To conclude, help Surfrider preserve the exquisite beaches of Oahu by volunteering and helping out.
The Sierra Club of Hawaii promotes the idea for people to “explore,
enjoy, and protect the wild places of the Earth”.
They focus on restoring the good quality of Earth’s environment and
plan to help educate us humans on how to do just that.
Folks can volunteer on specific dates to more specifically help clean up the mountains. Island wide they have about 3,000 members. This organization also helps encourage recycling. The Sierra Club of Hawaii is also trying to create laws that may preserve and benefit the environment. Be green and help out the environment by volunteering for the Sierra Club of Hawaii.
This special group is working to
save monk seals because there are
fewer than 1,100 seals remaining. Every year this number
4%! They are being harmed by humans, sharks, diseases, nets and more.
Within the next few years there may only be less than 1,000 remaining.
Although there may be many obstacles, the Monk Seal Foundation still
has hope and needs you to help save these precious animals.
Join na mea hulu, and help by taking some of your time out of your day to monitor and rope off areas where monk seals can enjoy their home without being disrupted by curious tourists and other animals willing to do harm to them. Help this amazing organization by not only donating your money but also your time to help protect monk seals.
Created in 2007, this Hawaiian orgination focuses on helping the
threatened species of green sea turtles. Volunteers go out to
more in the North Shore and help educate the visitors and
there on how they can help protect and preserve these amazing sea
The Malama na Honu monitors the sea turtles’ daily behavior to make sure there is nothing wrong with them. Their mission is to educate the public to treat these animals with respect which helps avoid inadvertent harassment. They are protected by the Endangered Species Act which has led to significantly increased numbers of the green sea turtle’s population.
The Reef Watch of Waikiki monitors reefs so that the beautiful
habitat of the animals living there does not get destroyed. They are
only one part of a larger project call the Waikiki Ecosystem
Restoration project by the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program.
This project protects and works towards restoring the marine resources of Waikiki. The Reef Watch of Waikiki also educate and train visitors and residents on how they can contribute to preserving and restoring Waikiki reefs.
The Ko’olau Mountains Watershed Partnership has been working on
protecting the watershed since 1999. They protect the forested mauka
and the mountainous areas of the Ko’olau Mountains on Oahu.
So far they have sustained a yield of over 133 billion gallons of water each year! And to keep this up the KMWP helps protect the watershed from invasive weeds and feral animals.
The Manoa Cliff Restoration’s project is to protect and promote
native plant growth. This program was started by Dr.Mashuri Waite.
Their research shows about 110 native plant species are growing. To
keep these plants growing a fence was built to keep the feral pigs out
and they control weeds just to replace them with more native plants.
There is even an accessible hike called the Manoa Cliff Trail, that is further north of the waterfall hike, which is great if you are interested in observing the amazing native plants growing there. Help support this organization to keep these amazing plants thriving.
The mission of Hui Hawaii is simple: protect ocean health by
restoring the aina: mauka to makai. This organization aims to protect
water quality. The ocean’s health and resources are threatened by
pollution and the people involved with Hui Hawaii are working to
eliminate the threat.
Pollution is caused by new developments in society and modern streets and buildings. Most people are not helping when they just leave their trash everywhere, but this is where you come in. You can help by volunteering for Hui Hawaii and educating family and friends on how to keep the ocean waters clean.
This Hawaiian group is here to help preserve native species and
ecosystems. They believe that if no effort is put towards the
preservation of Hawaiian species and ecosystems then the Hawaiian
culture will be diminished.
The Ahaui Malama I Ka Lohaki help out scientists with resource management practices. They include both Hawaiians and Non-Hawaiians so lend them a hand and keep our precious native species and ecosystems around.
Hanauma Bay is one of the largest visited protect
Hawaii. The Friends of Hanauma Bay dedicate their time to
conserve the coastal and marine environments. They do things like
foster conservation to coastal and marine environments, get involved
with the Hanauma Bay Education Program (specifically with their mission
at the bay), and recognize the work of Nature Preserve management.
The Friends of Hanauma Bay also encourage the advancement of marine research and promote the creation of other programs that protect marine areas.
Why Save Oahu
Aloha everyone, I am Kailani, just a kid who is concerned about our future! This section is devoted to support and promote such organizations and programs that help preserve Oahu and keep Hawaii beautiful. New technology and the vas developments in our world today are starting to take a toll and harm Hawaii's beautiful and natural environment. These highlighted programs & orginations strive to keep this from happening. That is why I am trying to help get the word around to volunteer and those who would like to help these wonderful organizations, so that Oahu can remain a beautiful island where nature is protected, and allowed to thrive in their special ecosystems.