Ho`oulu Lehua has teamed up with Kapoho Kine Adventures and has an exciting riparian
buffer zone 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
empty into the sea at the popular Honoli`i surf spot on the north end of Hilo Bay. 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!