Volunteers and conservationists join together in a restoration effort to secure a vibrant future for the island and native species.
Since bombing stopped on Kaho’olawe more than 20 years ago, 9 million pounds of ordnance have been cleared from the island in the process of reviving and restoring the island. Although the island has been cleared of the debris from years of military use, the surrounding waters have not been cleared and still remain filled with remnants of military action. Volunteers and conservationists are passionate about restoration on the island and returning the Kaho’olawe to the paradise it used to be over 60 years ago.
After decades of invasive species and bombing on the island, conservationists are working to restore native vegetation and reduce soil erosion. Using all the resources at their disposal and finding inventive ways to protect plant seedlings, the Protect Kaho’olawe Ohana and the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission are working to save the island.
Island Conservation, in partnership with the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission, is dedicated to the restoration of the seabird population on Kaho’olawe by removing invasive species. One day this island paradise will thrive once again with native vegetation and a flourishing seabird colony.
Watch and read more about the history and recovery of Kaho’olawe:
Featured photo: Kaho’olawe landscape. Credit: MJ Mazarek/Island Conservation
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