Truly MonumentousPosted by Keli'i Kotubetey on February 28, 2014
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “Monumentous” does not exist. But we beg to differ. What happens when you do something that is both monumental (serving as or resembling a monument/massive/highly significant) and momentous (something having great or lasting importance) at the same time?
You get a monumentous occasion that needs to be shared by all.
On Friday February 28th, 2014 Paepae o Heʻeia reached a milestone in the restoration and refurbishment of its kuapā (fishpond wall). The final pōhaku were laid at “the corner” of the fishpond wall which is the end of the seaward-facing section of wall and the beginning of the streamward-facing section of wall which travels up mauka into Heʻeia Stream. It is nearly on the exact opposite side of the fishpond from our parking lot, buildings, and tent area which is about 3,500 feet away. In the image below you can clearly see the seaward-facing section of wall. This Google Maps picture is a few years old because that same section today is devoid of mangrove and obviously has a rebuild kuapā.
*Technically, not every single foot of wall is done between those two points because we still need to fix the “breakwall”. But we are waiting for crazy Federal permits to fix that 80-foot section, so we havent included it this measurement. Thats another story for another blog post.*
There is absolutely no way we can begin to list or account for the literally thousands of individuals that have helped to turn this day into reality. Mangrove removal in this 3,500 feet of wall began in earnest in 2000. The first rocks were reset in the wall by our crew in the fall of 2005. Thats a lot of years and a lot of hands that have contributed to this day. To put it simply, we have serviced anywhere from 5,000 to 7,000 people per year since 2001 and atleast 75% of those people have contributed in some way to the wall restoration. So somebody do the math and let us know what that equals. We just know its AMAZING.
Mahalo e na Akua, mahalo e na Aumakua, mahalo e na Kiaʻi, mahalo e na Kūpuna, mahalo e na Mākua, mahalo e na Kumu, mahalo e na ʻohana, mahalo e na limahana, mahalo e na kakoʻo, mahalo e na hoa a me na laulima a lehulehu.
This effort has truly been a team one. And this moment is truly monumentous.