On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 a group of caring community members and leaders gathered at Kawaikui Beach Park for an oceanfront blessing to kick off IMUA MAUNALUA, a community-based marine planning project for the future of Maunalua Bay. The blessing was led by Auntie Keolani Noa and Hauoli Reeves, whose Na Mele Oli (chant) brought harmony and energy from all Mauka to Makai. Following the blessing were remarks by Imua Maunalua Advisory Council members Frazer McGilvray, executive director of Malama Maunalua, and Jack Kittinger, director of Conservation International– Hawaii.
As coordinators of IMUA MAUNALUA and residents of the Maunalua region, we are so excited to have the community come together with a shared goal of restoring a healthier, more sustainable Maunalua Bay. We know the road to recovery won’t be an easy one. This project requires us, as stewards of the Bay, to work in unity with ecological, cultural, and economic integrity. By launching IMUA MAUNALUA, we have taken a small, but significant step forward towards improving Maunalua Bay.