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      Invasive plants, especially mangroves, have had a serious negative impact on the environment and usefulness of Hawaiian fish ponds. Ualapu'e fish pond is a registered historic site, but has suffered serious damage from storms, mangroves, and neglect. MA'ANA has obtained permits to restore this pond, once famous for production of fish and clams, by removing the mangroves and repairing the fish pond rock walls that were knocked down by a tidal wave. Volunteers have already begun to help make repairs and remove invasive plants. 

      MA'ANA is asking for donations to speed up this process by providing a reasonable stipend to contract 3 to 5 local Hawaiian workers to expedite the process. Workers will be paid for 20 to 30 hours per week at $15.00/hour. Taking all taxes, overhead, and insurance considerations brings the a real cost of employment to $21.41/hr. Please consider donating to this cause. 

Mahalo,

MA'ANA Board of Directors


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  • Maoli Aquaculture and Agriculture Native Assistance or “MA’ANA,” is a non-profit organization founded to help the indigenous people of Hawai’i continue the aquaculture and agricultural traditions of their ancestors. It was created to educate and inform people about the importance of resurrecting the fish ponds (loko i’a) and taro patches (lo’i) that our ancestors built by hand, to feed their communities for over 2000 years. The Hawaiian people lived in unity and cared for one another under the principle of Ohana (family). Ohana was comprised of community members, not just blood relatives, and whole communities worked together to accomplish mutual goals. There was emphasis placed on managing resources, so that future generations would not face scarcity. The Hawaiian society thrived until Western contact destroyed what was then a harmonious balance of resources, land, and culture.

 

  • Westerners settling in Hawaii brought with them cattle and other invasive species of plants and animals to the islands without realizing how damaging these species would be to Hawaii’s delicate ecosystem. These plants and animals, along with Western unsustainable farming practices, were responsible for devastating Hawaii’s fragile ecosystem. Destruction of native forests and taro patches soon made the land unworkable. Additionally, the ancient Hawaiian knowledge of how to properly manage the ecosystem (Ahapua’a) is quickly being lost.

 

  • MA’ANA is looking to do a massive restoration based on the Polynesian methods of land tenure. MA’ANA is looking for partnership or support from other nonprofit organizations and conscientious individuals with the objective of doing land and sea restoration. On land, MA’ANA plans to clear invasive species and replant/reforest with native plants and trees. This will also require protecting newly planted plants from destructive deer, pigs and goats. In the ocean, MA’ANA seeks to rebuild the fishponds and repopulate the waters with native fish, seaweeds and corals. One critically invasive plant found both on land and in the water is the mangrove tree. MA’ANA is already working with hand tools to remove mangroves in and around the Ualapu’e fishpond on Molokai. MA’ANA will always be looking for better ways to help and to support our local communities by providing assistance in facilitating the needs of the local farmers of both land and sea.

 

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” — Mattie Stepanak

 

Mission

The mission of MA’ANA is to facilitate the restoration of the aina (land) and the health of the people of ko pae aina by proactively providing sustainable measures, education and vital resources in the perpetuation of ancestral ingenuity and traditions in connection to the present day. Jump on our wa’a (canoe): MA’ANA. With our ancestral value-based organization that preserves, protects, and educates the people of Hawaii, we can support healthy, self-sustaining production of food.

 

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Mangroves and other non-native species of plants are causing great devastation to the aina (land) of Hawaii. Funds donated to MA’ANA will initially be spent on equipment and labor stipends to target the removal of the mangroves that have overtaken fishpond walls and filled in abandoned taro patches. MA’ANA is looking to build partnerships with other organizations, with the hopes of removing ALL mangroves from the island of Molokai. We ask for your support, in helping us with this ambitious undertaking, so that we can work together to revitalize our island’s aina and its resources. Join us while we work diligently and cooperatively in the hopes of creating a better environment and a better future for our keiki (children) and our keiki’s keiki.