World Water Day - "Save Water, Drink Beer" event is a huge success!
Article, March 22, 2015
In March of this year, Maui Brewing Co. hosted the first-ever “Save Water, Drink Beer” World Water Day Festival, a fundraiser which raised $1,500 for the West Maui Kumuwai Campaign, a program that is part of the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative. With attendance at around 1,000 people, this is sure to be an annual event.
Local conservation groups showcased ways in which you could save water at your home or business.
Games included Beer Ph level testing (to showcase water quality testing methods), Water Pub Trivia, Water Pong and hourly drawings for donated prizes.
New Rain Garden in North Kihei
Article, January 24, 2015
Thanks to a donation from the Frost Family Foundation, Roth Ecological Design International LLC, and the Pono Project collaborated to build an approximately 700 square foot rain garden in North Kihei. The beach park at Kalepolepo, directly south of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, is a popular spot for locals to fish, paddle, swim, BBQ and enjoy the adjacent Koi'ei'ie Fishpond. The beach shower used to run dirty water right into beach sand areas. Now our rain garden diverts this water to filter it through our wetlands areas. Native plants and shower friendly landscaping (such as awapuhi for shampoo!) allow this to be an educational showcase for building raingardens and diverting rain and storm water to more effective use.
Pono Project was proud to sponsor this community garden and is now working to engage monthly stewards to keep up the maintenance needed on the plants and the drains.
If you are interested in being a Rain Garden steward for 1 month, please contact us at
and we can help you sign up!
For more information on the Rain Garden and stewardship opportunities, please visit our Rain Garden page.
Help TNC get a new boat to remove invasive algae with the SUPERSUCKER!
Article, November 18, 2013
This October, the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii launched their first online fundraising campaign on Crowdrise.com, to build support for the Kāneʻohe Bay Super Sucker project.The “Float Our Boat” campaign is off to a great start, with over $6,000 raised in the first week. Now, they are asking for YOUR help!
SuperSucker hard at work removing invasive algae from Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. Photo: The Nature Conservancy.
Please visit www.hawaiireefs.org and make a gift today! Whether you can give $10, $25 or $100, every gift will get them a step closer to the goal. Every donation is matched dollar-for-dollar up to the goal of $20,000. This matching opportunity doubles the value of your donation, so please consider giving today.
All funds will go towards a new work boat for the Super Sucker team, which is working hard to save O`ahu’s Kāne`ohe Bay from invasive algae and restore its waters for all to use. The algae are smothering the coral reefs and causing tremendous harm to the fish and other marine life in the bay.
Maui Mauka - Nature Based Tourism Program Begins Today!
Article, November 4, 2013
ATTENTION TOUR GUIDES! Get exciting information from conservation professionals to share on your tours. Thanks to a grant by the Hawaii Tourism Authority the East Maui Watershed Partnership, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, and Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) are offering trainings for tour guides for FREE! Sign up for scheduled dates shown at right or schedule one for your company. Please share!
Loss of Coastal Habitats presents greater risk during storms
Article, October 14, 2013
A study by the Natural Capital Project at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment has found that our strongest defense against property damage during storms is to protect the natural systems that are meant to do that job for us!
They also found that many of the "solutions" meant to protect our shorelines (including types of shoreline hardening) may actually be making things worse!
Read more from the full article here:
Diagram and Story from the Environmental News Network
Pono Project sponsors Olowalu Beach Clean-up for International Coastal Clean-up Day
Article, September 21, 2013
The Pono Project was proud to partner to host a site for the International Coastal Cleanup Day, at Mile Marker 14 in Olowalu, Maui.
Working with the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council and Malama Maui Nui, formerly Community Work Day Program, we collected over 50 pounds of trash in an area less than 0.1 miles long.
In response to the overwhelming need for further clean-ups, the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council and other partners will be hosting a follow-up Clean-up event on Saturday October 12 from 9am - 11am. Please join us if you are able!