Pani ka Puka

The call was made. You responded. And what a morning it was! On December 12th between 7:30a and 12:30p, nearly 2,000 people from across the street, across our island chain and even across the Pacific joined us to turn a vision and dream into reality. The 50-year old puka in Heʻeia Fishpond is a puka no more. The human chain line spanning 2,000 feet moved several tons of coral and rock and the final mākāhā without it ever touching the ground. In our estimation, this feat and outpouring of community strength on behalf of fishpond restoration has not been seen in Hawaiʻi in over 200 years.

From the depths of our fishpond to the depths of our naʻau, Paepae o Heʻeia would like to extend its deepest and sincerest feelings of gratitude and thankfulness to each and every one of you helped to make December 12th and the entire Pani ka Puka campaign a success. There were so many individuals, businesses, multi-generation families, schools, and committed strangers who became friends who contributed to this process. This fishpond will become productive again because of all of you.

While this was a HUGE occasion and milestone completed, the fishpond is by no means “complete”. There is more restoration work to do along our stream, more invasive mangrove to remove and wall to build. But lets breathe, enjoy these moments, and simply reflect on the power of family, community, and aloha ʻāina.

Mahalo nui iā ʻoukou pākahi āpau loa.

Please enjoy the videos below created by our family at OiwiTV that helps to capture the days events, feelings, and spirit. E ola ka loko iʻa o Heʻeia!!

 

Pani Ka Puka Photo Slideshow from Oiwi TV on Vimeo.

 

OiwiTV Pani ka Puka video

 

This is our original fundraising video:

 

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Mahalo to the following individuals and organizations who have so generously donated:

  • MAKAHA LEVEL (Fishpond Gate) - Donations $5,000 and above

    Marti Steele
    Olivia Padenken-Kenolio
    Hawaii Electric Company
    Matson Foundation
    Patagonia
    Cooke Foundation
    Friends of Hawaii Charities
    Atherton Family Foundation

     

    NIHO LEVEL (Foundational Stones) - Donations $1,000-$4,999

    The Korner Room
    Will Lichty
    Naomi Kalauokalani
    Lisa Kleissner
    Deanna Spooner
    Donna Tanoue
    Stacy Lunn

     

    PAPALE LEVEL (Cap Stones) - Donations $500-$999

    Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
    Oiwi TV
    Mary Belding
    Neil and Mariane Hannahs
    Janet and Galbriath Kawelo
    Puakea Nogelmeier
    Tom and Marilyn Reppun
    Susan Chamberlin
    Mahina Duarte
    Kainoa Daines
    Kai Fox

     

    ALO LEVEL (Face Stones) - Donations $100-$499

    EHI Magazine
    Cultural Surveys Hawaii, Inc.
    Pacific Island Institute
    Ewa Limu Project
    Waianae High School
    Christ Church Uniting, Disciples and Presbyterians
    Sydney Kaliipuleole
    Jondi Anderson
    Mahealani McClellan
    Rosanna Alegado
    Georgianna de la Torre
    Richard Ornellas
    Jill Abbott
    Terrance George
    Wally Ito
    Hilary Kawelo
    Kalikolihau Paik
    Pia Chock
    Maria Haws
    Keola Raponzo
    Ulalia Woodside
    Georgia Acevedo
    Lori Adolewski
    Erin Andrade
    Nanea Armstrong
    Saki Asano
    Brenda Asuncion
    Jennifer Barrett
    Dawn Chang
    John and Lydia Chock
    Craig Clouet
    John Fleckles
    Patrick Fox
    Joan Fukumoto
    Samuel Gon III
    Debora Gowensmith
    Lee Hentry-Chang
    Mark Hixon
    Ipolani Johnson
    Jonnie Kamalani
    Kirk Kamanu
    Richard Kawatani
    Taite Kokoo
    Lance La Pierre
    Robert Lazo
    Sonia Leong
    Oren LeongJoshua Levinson
    Jillian Luis
    Rosaline Lum
    Wilbur Luna
    Manuel Mejia
    Melany Melakea
    Kimberly Moa
    Jeffery and Kathleen Moore
    Myron Norenberg
    May Okihiro
    Lindsey Ozawa
    Judy Roher
    Roland Shim
    David Shizuma
    Claire Sullivan
    Amanda Takai
    John and Donna-Lynn Thomas
    Catherine Toth
    Greg Tsuda
    Jacey Waterhouse
    Charlotte Yamane
    Joel and Sandra Kurosaki
    Alexander Harris
    Amy Luersen
    Gordan Umi Kai
    Jill and Mike Williams
    Patrice and Bob Petrich
    Phyllis and William Beimes
    Shannon and Richard Bucasas
    Marsha and Bob Bolson
    Mehana Vaughan
    Ramona Teves
    Vivian Halverson
    Harry, Cathy, and Kana`i Ho
    Matthew Bauer
    Kamanamaikalani Beamer
    Lasha-Lynn Salbosa
    Hokuala Johnson
    Lori Adolewski
    Candace Lee

     

    HAKAHAKA LEVEL (Filler Stones) - Donations up to $99

    Pacific Island Institute
    Raid Garden Ornamentals
    Jay Miyaki, CPA, LLC
    Julia and Geoff Lee
    Kim Morishige
    Melanie Abecassis
    Stuart Ball
    Lance Barstad
    Mayssa Bazzi
    Geraldine and Kenneth Best
    Kevin Chang
    Ann Collins
    Lawrence Heim
    Malia Helela
    Lea Ok Soon Hong
    Katie Kamelamela
    Kevin Kwahara
    Blake Labenz
    Eliza Lathrop
    Mileka Lincoln
    Wilbert and Kim Luis
    Kalani Matsumura
    Sylvia Plemer
    Malia Ramirez
    Rachelle Saffery
    Stacy Sproat-Beck
    MM and KE Sumida
    Darlene Tamanaha
    Daniel Tompkins
    Trisha Watson
    Lani Watson
    Bruce Watson
    Christy Wener
    Sarah Tamashiro
    Jane Beachy
    Keoni Kuoha
    Neil Carmody
    Marissa Akui
    John Campos
    Dorothy Ching
    Florencia Fines
    Dabney Gough
    Kealoha Hoe
    Chelsie Javar-Salas
    Keli`i Kapali
    Donna Lee
    Poki`i and Kihei Seto
    Tessie Suan
    Richard Taaffee
    Mervyn Tano
    P A Gaison
    Linnea Heu
    Marty Martins
    Jory Paik
    Kathly Philips
    Wayne Iida
    Val Ono
    Neol Shaw
    Lorena Wade
    Justin White
    Anna Dixon
    Lance Kimura
    Robert and Jo-Anna Nakata
    Anna and Nike Hinkley
    Martha Child
    Jody Kaulukukui
    Anela Nacapoy
    Pauline Sato
    Judy Tamashiro
    Amy Mihara
    Lawrence Zane
    Richard Whipple
    Ritsue Honma
    Richard and Charlotte Cawley
    Joseph Akima
    Josie and Joseph Agres
    Derrick Kiyabu
    Star Nani Pai
    Ann Nuuhiwa
    Arthur Shimamura
    Judy Lemus
    James Rivers
    Paula Ann De Morales
    Nicole Tachibana
    Crystal Morimoto
    Ernest Moses Jr.


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