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West Maui Ridge 2 Reef Initiative

Title: Support Your Watershed

Corporate Sponsor: DeSilva Meeting Consultants

Non-Profit: West Maui Ridge 2 Reef Initiative

Leader: Tova Callender

Time: meet at 8:15 finish 11:30

Where: Honokowai Beach Park


The West Maui Ridge to Reef (R2R) Initiative is an all- encompassing approach across multiple agencies and organizations to address adverse impacts to coral reefs in West Maui. The State recognized that an integrated and comprehensive approach to reducing land-based sources of pollution is one of the most important steps to help restore coral reef ecosystems. The R2R Initiative builds on already established efforts underway and leverages resources across a number of agencies and community groups to implement actions to reduce one of the key sources of reef decline – land-based sources of pollution. The objective of the R2R is to restore and enhance the health and resiliency of West Maui coral reefs and near-shore waters through the reduction of land-based pollution threats from the summit of Pu`u Kukui to the outer reef.


Join West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative partners for a vetiver planting pollution reduction project Honokowai Beach Park led by Low Impact Design pro Wes Crile of the Coral Reef Alliance, followed by a chance to learn your native plants from long-time island conservationist Joe Ward as you assist in maintaining a drainage-way in Napili recently restored to improve ecosystem health.

Site one - Vetiver planting, (Wes Crile, lead)

8:30 am - 9:45 am:  Honokowai Beach Park- plant vetiver in drainage way.  Wes will explain function and merits of this practice, as well as approaches to improve ocean health through action on land
9:45 am: Group drives self to Napili

Site 2:   Native plant restoration maintenance in stream by Napili Bay (Joe Ward, lead)

10am-11:30 am:  Joe explains function and merits of this planting.  Participants perform maintenance tasks needed (weeding of non-natives, removal of dead material etc.)

What to bring: Sun protection, long pants, closed toe shoes, rain jacket. 

Earlier Event: March 5
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project
Later Event: April 22
Hawaii Wildlife Fund