Help Return Pu`ukua
Fundraiser Kick-Off Event
Ho`i Hou i ke Kahua, Return to the Foundation, is a community fundraising campaign to help return and preserve Pu’ukua , the last remaining privately owned parcel of land in Waimea Valley.
About the Campaign
As we near the 10th anniversary of the North Shore community effort to safeguard Waimea Valley from private interest groups aimed at developing this sacred place, we are faced with a new, yet familiar challenge. The last remaining privately owned land parcel in Waimea Valley is up for sale. Lovingly known as Pu`ukua – named after the last caretaker of the land in 1852 – this property is the missing piece needed to complete the Waimea Valley ahupua`a, and to complete the protection of the valley, from mauka to makai.
Through our partnership with The Trust for Public Land, we raised $350,000 of the $450,000 needed to finalize the sale. Therefore, we must fundraise $100,000 by July 31st, 2016 to fully secure this property from outside interests. While this may seem like a tremendous undertaking, we are hopeful that history will repeat itself, and that once again, Pu`ukua will be returned to the Waimea Valley community.
Pu`ukua is home to a burial cave, a separate burial site of immense importance, and Hawaiian dry stacked walls. It abuts an ancient Hawaiian heiau, a place of worship, that dates back to 1470AD and honors the Hawaiian god Lono who presides over peace, agriculture, and fertility.
Now that the vast majority of Waimea is thriving under Hawaiian stewardship, our goal is to preserve Pu`ukua through restoration efforts that include the removal of invasive plants, and the planting of native species in their place. Over time, we will restore the area’s low land native forest, providing a unique respite and open-air learning center for community members and visitors to enjoy. Focused on connecting students to Hawaiian culture through direct experience in nature areas and cultural site restoration, the learning center will be an extension of our current suite of Common Core Standard curriculum and programs for grades K-12.
To learn more about our fundraising campaign, we invite you to join us at our campaign kick-off celebration on Sunday, May 1st from 5 pm – 8pm at the Pikake Pavilion in Waimea Valley. Festivities will include musical guests and a live auction. To make a donation or for more information about our donor opportunities, please contact Eloise Harris at (808) 638-5855 firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard Pezzulo (808) 638-5851 email@example.com.
Mahalo nui loa!