Waimea Watershed Monitoring Project - Waimea, Kaua`i, Hawai`i

To be a steward for the environment, first you must know the place you steward.

Relevant Olelo No`eau

There is much to do, and much to learn throughout the implementation of this project. We will build sensors, we will troubleshoot them, we will manage them remotely with radio telemetry, we will climb into the Westside wilderness to deploy them, we will walk the crevasses of the canyon, and learn firsthand the feeling of the natural space we aim to know through monitoring. Learn by doing. We will do. 

Ma ka hana ka ‘ike.
In working one learns.

 

This project will entail the participation of many community members, whether through hands-on learning in the computer lab or by the riverside, whether in presentations of findings to the community in collective forums on future action, whether relating the ancestral knowledge of this place to deepen our understanding of past present toward elucidation of true anticipation of future. We all benefit when we all work together. For when we work for each other's interest, we ensure our own. 

‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia.
No task is too big when done together by all.

 

Why should we not aim to be truly knowledgable of our space to the point of effective management. Knowledge will guide the community to efficacious action. It will clear the clutter and fog of mind prevalent without well-communicated insight/data. We intend to make the knowledge regarding the river's behavior digestible by all community members. Then, discussion may truly begin, as to its management.

E kūlia i ka nu‘u.
Strive to reach the highest.
[Motto of Queen Kapi’olani. Strive to do your best.]

 

What can be learned in books and lecture in school is insufficient without that which may be learned through experience. 

‘A‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka hālau ho‘okahi.
All knowledge is not learned in just one school.
[One can learn from many sources.]

 

Why must we steward the environment?

‘A‘ohe mālama, pau i ka ‘iole.
If you do not take care of possessions, it will be stolen by rats.
[When one takes care of his goods he will not suffer losses.]