Ho`oulu Lehua has teamed up with Kapoho Kine Adventures and has an exciting and new
riparian restoration project located at 1,600 ft. above sea level on the Honoli`i River. The site is
part of a major watershed on the Eastern slopes of Mauna Kea with waters that eventaully empty
into the sea at the popular Honoli`i surf spot. Remnants of an old Koa mill are testament to the
majestic forest that once covered what is now mostly cattle pasture. Invasive species have a
stronghold along the river banks, but the remaining native plant species such as Hame, Hapu`u,
Koa and Mamaki are our hope and focus for restoring new life to this beautiful area. The Honoli`i
River is also home to the unusual river 'ōhi'a (Metrosideros polymorpha var. newelii); this unique
form of 'ōhi'a lehua is only found along the waterways of the Hamakua coast below 3,000 ft asl.
We celebrate our hard work by ending the day with an invigorating swim in the cool, fresh, water
of the Honoli`i River. Come join us in making a difference up on the mountain!