A massive restoration project was undertaken, and students built a website about the project. Hamakua Marsh has long been dry as the result of water diversion. Elementary students in the windward community created a virtual wetland in their efforts to help restore this ecosystem to protect endangered native Hawaiian waterbirds.
The Hawaii Community Foundation helps private foundations make a difference by inspiring the spirit of giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every island community. They donated $50,000 to the project to help with ecosystem restoration and support the community development.
• Kaneohe Ranch, who donated the land for the project. They also donated 22 acres of land for the project.
• Lanikai School, a public Charter School located in Windward Oahu, in collaboration with Learning Education Technology (LET), incorporated the Hamakua planning and development project into their existing database, and community and agency network , and as part of their curriculum to develop a website about what they have learned. Other education partners include Kailua Elementary School and Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau.
• The City and County of Honolulu, who developed the Koolaupoko Watershed Restoration Plan, in collaboration with the Kailua Bay Advisory Council.
• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program, dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Hawaiian coastal ecosystems. They donated $10,000 to clear mangroves to create endangered species habitat ( Hawaiian stilts, ducks, coots and gallinules).
• The Kalama Land Company, a charitable trust dedicated in part to promoting community planning and development, and preserving the natural heritage of the Kailua area. The Kalama Land Company initiated the fund-drive for the project with a $5,000 pledge for ecosystem restoration.
• Lanikai-Kailua Outdoor Circle.
• The Wildlife Society is an international scientific and education organization representing professional wildlife biologists. The principal objectives of The Wildlife Society are to develop and promote sound stewardship of wildlife resources and the environments which they depend on; and increase awareness and appreciation of wildlife values.
• Ducks Unlimited, an international conservation organization, whose mission is to suppport the habitat needs of waterfowl and other wildlife by protecting, enhancing, restoring, and managing wetlands and associated uplands.
• The State Department of Land and Natural resources, who owns and manages the property through their Division of Forestry and Wildlife. The primary mission of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife is watershed protection and management.
• The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in association with the National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Support of community-based wetland and riparian restoration projects that build partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship.
• The U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service.
• The Pacific Coast Joint Venture North American Wetland Conservation Act Small Grants Program.