Malama Maha`ulepu is a grassroots group - largely volunteer!
We are demographically, ethnically and professionally diverse,
island old-timers, new residents and people living away from
here, workers and retired folks. We are connected by a common
love for the magic of Maha`uepu and a shared understanding
that some places need to be set aside as sacred, allowed to
be wild, held for all future generations.
Since the early 1970's, Kaua`i residents, especially those
from the Koloa region, have opposed development proposals
for Maha`ulepu. Malama Maha`ulepu is the third community group
organized to preserve this place. Some of our participants
were leaders of past groups. However, this current effort,
begun in 2000, differs from earlier ones in the following
- Malama Maha`ulepu is proactive, organizing before active
development proposals are submitted to governmental agencies.
- We have re-framed the community vision from defense of
a coastal strip to conservation and restoration of as much
as possible of this watershed. The legacy of Kipu Kai, the
adjacent watershed that is deeded to the State of Hawaii
in the future, inspires this dream of an expansive regional
- We became a 501 [c] non profit organization in 2002.
A nine-member board of directors
and a participatory steering committee, to which everyone
is welcomed, guide us.
- To insure community involvement, Malama Maha`ulepu is
willing to play a management role in the long term stewardship
- Malama Maha`ulepu advocates for collaborative planning
to seek options for the future of Maha`ulepu, recognizing
that successful land preservation frequently occurs through
private, public and governmental partnerships.
We welcome the involvement and support of individuals, organizations