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Partners

Partnerships are truly one of the best ways to get things done on a large scale.  Here in Waimea, we have established an integrated network of partnerships in order to take care of the valley, adjacent lands, and other ecosystems worldwide.  These activities of collaboration stretch from water quality sampling to plant community mapping to translocations of native Hawaiian insects.

Our Partners:

The Ko’olau Mountains Watershed Partnership (KMWP)

The Ko’olau Mountains Watershed Partnership (KMWP)

Since joining the KMWP in May of 2008, we have been privledged to sit at the same table as all of the large land owners throughout the Ko’olau mountain range.  With land management representatives from each partner willing to share their techniques and ideas, we all become more aligned in our goals of improving the watersheds and native ecosystem into perpetuity.  KMWP has been instrumental in helping us to map the valley, remove invasive species, and gather native seeds for propagation and later out-planting.

USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services

USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services

USDA has played a crucial part in monitoring our waterfowl for any signs of Avian Influenza and any other types of wildlife diseases that may become present.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS)

USFWS has been our main partner in the translocation project of the Hawaiian Orange-black Damselfly Megalagrion xanthomelas.  With the USFWS’s help, we are also planning to have all of the `alae `ula on property banded, or re-banded, so that we can properly monitor individuals from a safe distance.

Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum

The Bishop Museum is also a major partner in the translocation of the damselflies.  We also frequently send samples of plants to their Early Detection Program to see if the plants show signs of becoming invasive.

Bishop museum’s Herbarium Pacificum has been a crucial support to our botanical collections by helping us identify many plant materials.

University of Hawai’i

University of Hawai’i

University of Hawai’i professors and students have also been collaborating with Waimea Valley to study the water quality and species composition of our estuary.  UH has also involved Waimea Valley in their release of the bio-control for the Erythrina gall wasp that has truly degraded out population of native wiliwili trees that were once used for surfboards.

 

Botanical Gardens Worldwide

All botanical gardens play a role in the conservation of plant species worldwide.  With proper distribution and management of plant species we ensure some diversity and existence of rare and endangered plants.

The Army Environmental

The Army Environmental

A few very rare and endangered species from the Wai`anae Mountains were planted at Waimea through the collaboration with the Army Environmental.  These plants are Nototrichuim humile,  Flueggea neowawraea (mehamehame), and Alectryon micrococcus (Mahoe).

Center for Plant Conservation

Center for Plant Conservation

This is a national organization based at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  It's a consortium of 31 Botanical Gardens and Arboreta across the country and each has a number of federally listed endangered plant species it is charged with protecting. Waimea joined the CPC at its inception in 1989.  As we were the first garden in Hawai`i to join, our list of 18 plants includes some of the most well known imperiled natives like our state flower, the winter-blooming Hibiscus brackenridgei and one of Hawai`i's native gardenias.


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