Kamakou Preserve is a lush and healthy rainforest located in the mountain regions of the East Molokaʻi Watershed. The high volume of rain contributes to the abundance of native species including plants, birds and kāhuli (tree snails). This rich habitat contributes to Kamakou as a thriving watershed. Join us as we explore the Kamakou Preserve and learn about what a watershed is and why it is important to keep our watersheds healthy.
The Molokaʻi Forest Reserve is an expansive area across East Molokaʻi covering approximately 11,000 acres of land designated to preserve and protect the forest and water resources. Join us as we experience a portion of the watershed that has seen significant change with the presence of both native and invasive species.This area is an example of how human impact has compromised the ecosystem of the watershed. At Lua Moku ʻIliahi, they will learn the moʻolelo of ʻiliahi on Molokaʻi and the Hawaiian Islands. We will focus on how watersheds are valuable to the Hawaiian culture and how people have brought changes to Molokaʻi’s watersheds.
Mokio Preserve is an example of a degraded coastal habitat that is the result of a highly impacted watershed. The area, once used as ranch land and inhabited with cattle, is now covered with invasive plants which are currently being removed and the ʻāina is being restored with native plants by the community. Join us as we learn how to keep watersheds healthy and what we can do to keep watersheds healthy.
The love for our land is what has helped our people to thrive for generations. The knowledge and understanding that our land and natural resources create the foundation for a sustainable lifestyle is reinforced through the teachings of our kūpuna and the continued practice of mālama ʻāina, caring for the land and the world around us.