The Huki Project, funded by $3.4 million dollars of federal stimulus money, seemed to equal out to $1 per pound in cost to eradicate encroaching invasive algae choking native marine life off Oahu’s shores. Nearly 3 million pounds of it was removed by hand and here are the folks who met the challenge. Even better, the byproduct in recycling of the algae was turned into compost used to grow local vegetables.
The Huki Project was managed by the Nature Conservancy and the non-profit group Malama Maunalua. 50 new jobs were created, a native Hawaiian ecosystem has been saved, and friendships were made in the process. If you’d like to know more about this program and programs like Huki contact the Nature Conservancy Hawaii.