An understanding of the connections between mountains and ocean — mauka and makai — is rooted in ancient Hawaiian culture. Today, invasive species and human impacts are threatening to clog Molokai’s reef — the most extensive coral reef in the Main Hawaiian Islands — with sediment washed down from the mountain slopes. Today, scientists are doing studies to provide proof of this evidence and offer their data to help find solutions. And today, Molokai residents are meeting together to discuss those solutions and taking action to protect the island’s most valuable resources — both the mountains and the ocean.
“You don’t simply get this [muddy water] after a rainfall,” said Jim Jacobi, an ecosystems research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), referring to the brown water frequently seen on Molokai’s south shore. “Erosion is a part of geology but understanding what is a normal… rate versus an accelerated rate from human impacts [is important].”
In order to protect our staff and allow them to continue to work and carry out the critical habitat restoration activities on our protected lands, Molokai Land Trust is temporarily suspending fundraisers, gatherings, and on-site volunteering for individuals outside our immediate work bubble, during the pandemic. PLEASE stay in touch and if possible, DONATE to help us through this challenging time, as we will be better prepared to welcome you back following the pandemic pause! Stay connected with us through Instagram and Facebook, and help build our audience by sharing Molokai Land Trust within your social networks. TOGETHER, we can continue to build on the incredible success that we have achieved over the past decade of restoring the diversity and beauty of Molokai. Mahalo for your continued support.