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> Jan 17, 2014 - New partnership expands volunteer program
> Nov 9, 2013 - Hawaii Wildlife Fund featured in Seattle Times
> Aug 23, 2013 - Hawaii Wildlife Fund team protects fragile pools
> July 25, 2013 - Study links injection wells, nearshore flows
> July 2013 - Marine debris connects filmmaker with HWF
> June 28, 2013 - Law signed for Līpoa Point Acquisition
> June 24, 2013 - HWF sea turtle project focus of student video
> May 11, 2013 - Marine debris rests after a likely long journey
> April 30, 2013 - HWF receives grant for marine debris clean ups
> March 18, 2013 - HWF featured in NPS newsletter

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Hawaii Wildlife Fund partners with Bluecology
New partnership expands HWF's volunteer, outreach opportunities

January 17, 2014 - MAUI, HI - Hawaii Wildlife Fund has formed a new partnership with a California-based marine nonprofit organization called Bluecology, which specializes in eco-travel and volunteer efforts. Working with Bluecology, HWF will offer new student field programs and volunteer vacations for adults on Maui. Through education, community service and outreach, the organizations will work together to further the cause of protection of Hawaii's threatened species and habitats.

"Hawaii Wildlife Fund depends on volunteers to help its core team conduct our native wildlife monitoring and habitat restoration projects," said Hawaii Wildlife Fund president Hannah Bernard, adding "Partnering with Bluecology will allow Hawaii Wildlife Fund to tap into a larger pool of volunteers and thus expand the research we are doing. This is a great opportunity for people who want to give back while having fun on vacation."

HWF has conducted conservation programs and projects on Maui and the island of Hawaii since 1996. Actively engaging local communities, HWF works to protect Hawaii's fragile marine ecosystem and wildlife through research, education and advocacy.

Based in California, Bluecology's senior staff has a combined 50 years of experience establishing community-based conservation and marine protected areas. They assist communities in Micronesia, Central and South America by providing experts and trained volunteers to help develop and implement a variety of conservation programs. The new partnership with HWF will expand Bluecology's reach to Hawaii.

Volunteerism is core to both organizations. The partnership expands the ways that individuals can become hands-on active participants in marine conservation. For those who do not wish to or are unable to take an active role in conservation efforts, they can help spread the word through social media. Also support through donations is always welcome.
> Donate to HWF
> Volunteer with HWF
> Learn more about Bluecology

Hawaii Wildlife Fund featured in Seattle Times
Make your Maui visit a 'volunteer vacation'

Copyright © 2013 Seattle Times
November 9, 2013 - MAUI, HI - The lowering sun glares in my eyes as I walk down a hill above Hookipa Beach, famed favorite of windsurfers. In a warm, gusting breeze, offshore surfers wait for breakers. Looking down over caramel-colored sand I spot a dark head bobbing in nearshore waves. Not human. With my Puget Sound mindset, I think, "Seal!"Make your Maui visit a ‘volunteer vacation’

But quickly I realize it's not a seal. It's a sea turtle.

As I watch, another appears, and another, then another — all aiming at the same corner of the bustling beach.

For months, dozens of green sea turtles have been showing up every evening at this same spot on Maui, hauling out on the sand to stay for hours. Naturalists call it "basking."

"We don’t quite understand why they chose this place, but once they did they have kept coming," says Hannah Bernard, president of the nonprofit Hawaii Wildlife Fund, which has organized an effort to help protect them. "No place in the world has as many basking turtles."

Visitors can photograph the turtles. Or they can have a richer experience: While on the island, they can volunteer as turtle monitors with Bernard’s group, helping to educate others about these endangered sea creatures the locals call "honu."

Helping the honu means spending a few hours on the beach, hardly a painful commitment. It's just one way to turn your island vacation into "voluntourism" — giving back some of the spirit of aloha.
> Read entire article online at the Seattle Times

Hawaii Wildlife Fund team protects fragile pools
From the muck, healthy anchialine pool habitats emerge

Copyright © 2013 West Hawaii Today
August 23, 2013 - MAUI, HI - Catherine Spina sank waist deep into the doughnut-shaped anchialine pool in coastal Waiohinu, carefully guiding the “Muck Sucker” along the bottom. This underwater vacuum, uses a trash pump to suck up excessive sediment, leaf litter and other organic matter — all of which are fouling the unique brackish water ecosystem.

photos by Anna Pacheco/Special to West Hawaii Today

Meanwhile, Megan Lamson, Stacey Breining and Lauren Kurpita hand-pulled and removed nonnative plant species, such as seashore paspalum, by the bucket load. Such invasive species are supplanting native vegetation, taking over the habitat. Floating in a borrowed yellow kayak, Nohea Kaawa and her sister, Kaila Olson, steadily gathered the accumulating limu (algae) into a slimy pile.

It’s dirty work, but these six Hawaii Wildlife Fund team members and volunteers laughed off the conditions Tuesday as part of the rewarding experience of repairing damage and improving the environment.

Over the past five years, Hawaii Wildlife Fund has removed nonnative vegetation in and around the Hoonoua anchialine pool complex, which includes two large pools and one small pool within 1,400 acres of shoreline in southeast Hawaii Island.
> Read entire article at WestHawaiiToday.com

Study links injection wells, nearshore flows
Challenge now to figure out solution, says Bernard of HWF

Copyright © 2013 The Maui News
July 25, 2013 - MAUI, HI - The final results of a University of Hawaii study on the impacts of injection wells at the Lahaina wastewater treatment plant "conclusively demonstrate" a connection between the wells and their flows to nearshore waters.

The results of the study were released Wednesday by four Maui citizen groups and Earthjustice, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of the groups against Maui County in U.S. District Court for "illegally discharging wastewater into the ocean from its Lahaina treatment facility's injection wells."

"This study confirms what we've been saying for years, wastewater injected at the Lahaina facility travels underground and ends up in the ocean offshore of Kahekili Beach, contributing pollutants to near-shore waters," said Caroline Ishida, attorney for Earthjustice, which filed the lawsuit for Hawai'i Wildlife Fund, Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club-Maui Group and the West Maui Preservation Association.

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Hannah Bernard of the Hawai'i Wildlife Fund said that while the UH study did not look into the environmental effects of the wastewater seepage, other studies have shown that water quality and temperature "can cause impacts on the reefs." Excess nutrients can be attributed to algal blooms, she added.
> Read entire article at MauiNews.com

Marine debris connects filmmaker with HWF
Hawaii Wildlife Fund provides info for Japanese video project

HWF's Megan Lamson is featured in this video created by Japanese students.
HWF's Megan Lamson is featured in this video created by Japanese filmmaker Atsuko Quirk. Lamson appears at about the 3-minute mark. > Watch video
JAPAN - JULY 2013 Hawaii Wildlife Fund provided information for a documentary created by Japanese filmmaker Atsuko Quirk about students studying marine debris washing ashore in Japan. Quirk posted her video on the website Kickstarter this summer in an effort to bring the global issue of marine debris into focus and raise funds for the project. As part of her research, she contacted HWF's Megan Lamson, who is featured in the documentary showing the 9th grade students (via Skype) some Japanese items that her team has found on Hawaiian shores through HWF's Hawai'i Island Marine Debris Removal Project.
> Watch video

Law signed for Līpoa Point Acquisition
Governor signs bill to preserve Honolua Bay on Maui


Advocates and supporters of the Līpoa Point acquisition, including HWF's Hannah Bernard, pose with the governor before the signing of HB 1424, authorizing $20 million for the protection of this area in West Maui from development. PHOTO: WENDY OSHER/MAUI NOW
Copyright © 2013 MauiNow.com
OAHU, HI - June 28, 2013 Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed a bill into law for the acquisition of land parcels at Līpoa Point on Maui.

The bill includes a $20 million budget appropriation for the acquisition, and is aimed at protecting the area from potential development.

"Let me tell you that’s no small thing," said Gov. Abercrombie during today’s bill signing ceremony at the Grand Wailea Resort in South Maui. "What that means is that Maui legislators were able to make a very specific case in terms of the public good being established and put some serious dollars behind it."

"It’s important in preserving one of the most iconic landmarks in Hawaii – I think that speaks for itself and says volumes about it," said the governor in comments today.
> Read entire article at MauiNow.com

HWF sea turtle project focus of student video
Students learn about conservation through video project


HWF's Hawksbill sea turtle conservation program is featured in this video created by Maui students.
MAUI - June 24, 2013 One of the educational projects of Maui Huliau Foundation provides after-school training that teaches students filmmaking techniques. This year's program, funded by Hawai'i Tourism Authority, resulted in 11 videos created by Maui students ages 12-18. One of those films, entitled "Hawksbills: A Path to Recovery" was made by three 7th grade students and focuses on the work being done by Hawaii Wildlife Fund to help protect the endangered Hawaiian Hawksbill sea turtle through protecting nesting areas and feeding habitat. 
> View 11 Student Videos

Marine debris rests after a likely long journey
Photo by Matthew Thayer/Maui News
Photo by Matthew Thayer/Maui News
MAUI - May 11, 2013 A large steel buoy pulled from the ocean Thursday rests on the shore at Makena State Park on Friday morning as Cheryl King and Maui County ocean safety Capt. Zach Edlao inspect other debris collected. King, the founder of Sharkastics and vice president of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, said she could not positively say where the debris came from because it lacks distinctive markings to identify it as flotsam generated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. "I can't say for 100 percent sure," she said. "This is a very typical selection of stuff that always comes up here. This is the stuff we've been picking up for years." She said there have been only 21 confirmed pieces of tsunami debris recovered in the United States, with eight of those found in Hawaii.
> Read entire article online at MauiNews.com
> What to do if you see marine debris in Hawaii (pdf)

HWF receives grant for marine debris clean ups
State awards grants to address Japanese Tsunami debris
April 30, 2013 - The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) with assistance from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is awarding six local non-profit, community groups grant funds to help address Japan Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) and keep Hawaii’s shorelines clean. The focus is on potential debris originating from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011.
   "The six grants totaling $100,000 complement ongoing efforts by community groups that are already working to address marine debris, including debris originating from the Japan tsunami," said Gary Gill, deputy director of the DOH Environmental Health Administration. "For years Hawaii has depended on volunteers to keep marine debris off our beaches. Today, we are providing a little support for the very big job they do." The selected projects will help to reduce the impacts of marine debris from alien species, marine life entanglement, economic costs, and human health and safety. The awardees are:
   Surfrider Kauai, $25,000 (for Kauai County);
   Hawaii Wildlife Fund, $20,000 (for Maui County);
   Recycle Hawaii, $20,000 (for Hawaii County);
   Surfrider Oahu, $13,000 (for Honolulu County);
   Kupu, $11,000 (for Honolulu County); and
   Sustainable Coastlines, $11,000 (for Honolulu County)
> Read entire article online at HawaiiReporter.com

HWF featured in National Park Service news
Hawaii Wildlife Fund's Megan Lamson contributing writer
ALASKA - March 18, 2013 Hawaii Wildlife Fund's Megan Lamson was a contributing writer for a four-page electronic newsletter, Pacific Ocean Newsletter, recently published by the National Park Service.

The newsletter focuses on the Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris, which Lamson has had first-hand experience with through her role as project leader for HWF's Hawai'i Island Marine Debris Removal Project, which conducts community shoreline cleanups in one of the dirtiest beaches in the Pacific.
> Read newsletter (PDF)

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