HOʻOMALU KE KAI.
"To Actively Protect The Ocean."
We stand for sustainably protecting and watching over Kauaʻi's marine ecosystems' health, while sharing passion and knowledge, to create awareness and motivation in the community for taking care of the ocean and its inhabitants.
Bringing Change to Our Ocean's Dilemmas.
Ocean Debris Cleanups.
At Hoʻomalu Ke Kai, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing Kauaʻi's marine debris issue. Keeping our coastline clean and responsibly managing the marine debris collected is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area with other amazing organization and the community. We are working to upcycle and repurpose plastic ocean debris. We encourage anyone interested to reach out to learn more, we are welcome to any and all support! Volunteer with us.
Restorative Aquaculture with Kauaʻi Sea Farm.
The Nature Conservancy defines Restorative Aquaculture occurring when commercial or subsistence aquaculture provides direct ecological benefits to the environment, with the potential to generate net-positive environmental outcomes. Check out what Kauaʻi Sea Farm is up to at Nōmilu Loko Iʻa restoring key native and endemic Hawaiian invertebrate species in Kauaʻi's nearshore coral reef ecosystems.
Marine Ecosystem Surveys & Monitoring.
In collaboration with DAR Kauaʻi & Kauaʻi Ocean Awareness, our survey and monitoring program employs numerous different methodologies developed by scientists fro DAR, NOAA, USGS and UH. Specific methods are used at study sites depending on the resource management concerns that need to be addressed, including surveys of resource abundance, herbivorous fish, smaller cryptic fish and recruits, urchins and larger mobile invertebrates, benthic habitat cover, coral health, and biological diversity. Please reach out if you are interested in getting involved!
New Hoʻomalu Ke Kai Gear Available
Our current Waimea High School Senior Intern, Sofia Saunders, has been hard at work creating engaging and inspiring content for Hoʻomalu Ke Kai as a part of her Senior Project. Sofia has been actively participating in Hoʻomalu Ke Kai's programs for 3 years now and even organized her own cleanup this past year for her classmates at Salt Pond Beach Park.
Among all of the awesome work she's helped us with and content she's created, she also made us a few snazzy new logos and an awesome online merchandise store. You can check out some of her designs below - all purchases are donation based and 100% of proceeds go towards our ocean conservation efforts around Kauaʻi. Sofia will be presenting her final project campaign on coral bleaching at the Waimea High School Senior Hōʻike Day on January 9, 2024 - the community is invited! Mahalo Nui, Sofia! Your future is bright whatever you decide to do next! :)
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."