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We recognize that education plays a key role in understanding the value of this beautiful area. That is why we engage in a wide variety of educational activities, many of which are open to your participation!

Among the ongoing educational pursuits by our members:

  • Archeology
  • Reef Studies
  • Biological Studies
  • GIS Mapping
  • Geological Surveys

Additionally, we regularly sponsor lectures and educational tours of the area on topics such as:

  • History & Archeology
  • Ecology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Geology

Malama Mahaulepu – Meaning and Pronunciation

malama   [MA·lama]
1. To take care of, attend, care for, preserve, protect, beware, save, maintain.

Mahaulepu   [MA·HA ule·PU]
1. Land section and road, Koloa District, Kauai. Lit. and falling together.
2. One of the most spectacular and cherished undeveloped coastal areas in the Hawaiian Islands.

In the Hawaiian language widely taught today, Malama Mahaulepu would be properly be written as Malama o Maha`ulepu (or Caretakers of Mahaulepu). Having continued the name of one of the previous groups that organized to preserve Mahaulepu, we do not use the “o”. Since most people do not have the software needed to render Hawaiian language fonts, we have chosen, for now, to forego use of the kahako or okino.

Malama Mahaulepu humbly apologizes to the speakers, teachers and students of the beautiful native language of Hawaii.

Pukui, Mary Kawena, and Samuel H. Elbert. Hawaiian Dictionary. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1986.
Pukui, Mary Kawena, Samuel H. Elbert and Esther T. Mookini. Place Names of Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1974.
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