Founded in 2019, Kuleana Coral Reefs (KCR) was launched by a diverse team of Native Hawaiians, scientists and ocean advocates determined to restore the degraded coral reefs surrounding their home island of O’ahu. As the first non profit working on coral reef restoration on Oahu's Waianae coast, KCR, in partnership with NOAA, is currently focused on a pilot study to develop best practices for direct restoration of threatened Hawaiian coral reefs.
WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT CORAL REEFS IN HAWAII?
Coral reefs provide Hawaii with myriad benefits. Not only are they home to marine wildlife, they are integral to the Hawaiian culture, commercial and recreational fisherman, and sustainable eco-tourism. Additionally, they act as a natural buffer for Hawaii’s shoreline while helping to lessen the strength of waves, providing natural support for coastal resilience.
DO HAWAII'S REEFS NEED RESTORATION?
As widely recognized, coral reefs are vitally important for nature and people, and yet are one of the most threatened marine ecosystems in the world. Impacts from overfishing, sedimentation, land-based pollution, and invasive species have already contributed to a 40% decline in certain Hawaiian coral species, and a more than 90% decline in some important reef fish populations over the past century. Currently, less than 4% of Hawaii’s nearshore waters are managed areas.
HOW IS KCR GOING TO HELP?
KCR believes that healing of the ocean environment begins with awareness and restoration. The organization has identified three overarching themes to protect coral reef ecosystems in West O’ahu:
1) Coral Restoration: KCR’s primary objective is to RESTORE and MONITOR our coral reefs.
2) Kuleana Education: Involving the local community in educating locals and visitors about the importance of ocean ecosystems and our Kuleana to protect them.
3) Malama Kai: Invasive Species and Marine Debris removal.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You can donate directly, share our fundraiser on social media, or host your fundraiser by clicking the fundraiser button above- you can even be a one-person "team!" Mahalo for your support!
For more info visit www.kuleanacoral.com
Kulena Coral Reefs is currently a project sponsored by the Malama Kai Foundation. Malama Kai Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ocean stewardship for current and future generations. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.
For more info visit www.malamakaifoundation.org