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Public informational meeting regarding the protection of water resources (July 31)

MEDIA RELEASE

Makani Hou o Kaloko-Honokohau will sponsor an informational meeting regarding the protection of water resources on July 31. The meeting is open to the public and will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the County Council Chambers (building A) at the West Hawaii Civic Center.

Present will be Fred Cachola, President of Makani Hou o Kaloko-Honokohau, who was instrumental in establishing Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and speakers familiar with land-based sources of water pollution, water sustainability, water law and policy, and the importance of ensuring water quantity and quality for resources at Kaloko-Honokohau NHP.

Presentations containing information about the founding of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, land- based sources of pollution, water sustainability, and the importance of ensuring water quantity and quality for resources at Kaloko-Honokohau NHP.

Abundant supplies of fresh clean groundwater is critical to support the purposes, values and resources for which Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park was established, as well as coastal ecosystems, fisheries, tourism, and recreation throughout the area. The anchialine pools, fishponds, tide pools, and the near shore environment are home to species such as limu (seaweed), ama ama (mullet), and opae ula (shrimp) prized by Native Hawaiians.

Abundant supplies of fresh clean groundwater provides habitat for endangered waterbirds such as the Hawaiian coot and stilt and candidate species such as two anchialine pool shrimp species and the orange‐black Hawaiian damselfly. The continued health and existence of these natural and cultural resources depend on the continued flow of clean, abundant groundwater from mauka (upland) areas within the aquifer system.

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