He'eia Wetlands undergo a retro transformationUPDATED 9:03 PM HST Feb 26, 2014Video Transcript
On the windward side of Oahu, a major development is taking place. 400 acres of wetlands in He'eia is undergoing a transformation, but it doesn't include high rises or apartment buildings... KITV 4's Cam Tran shows us... It's more of an UN-Doing. 37-41 106-110 110-119 142-148 37:40 THERE WAS A POI FACTORY RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET HERE This black and white map is a sky-high view of the land Alice Hewitt remembers as a little girl. IN: 36:21 THE LAND WAS JUST PASTURE, PASTURE LAND AND THIS WAS TARO, Not so today. ALICE HEWITT, IN: 37:00 IT WASN'T LIKE THIS, IT WAS A DISASTER A disaster she's determined to turn around. IN: 37:10 IT'S GONNA TAKE A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF TIME, AND MONEY TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE IT WAS BEFORE. 37:13 Now local volunteers are weeding, raking and planting to restore this 400 acre wetland tucked away in the picturest Koolaus. KANEKOA KUKEA SHULTZ, KAKOO OIWI 4:25 WHAT YOU SEE BEHIND US NOW IS A LOT OF INVASIVE NON NATIVE GRASS AND EVENTUALLY YOU'LL SEE TARO LO'I AND MORE The Hawaii Community Development Authority leased the wetlands in He'eia to non profit KAKO'O O IWI. With the help of volunteers they bring the land back to the way it looked like 100 years ago. TAMI HOLSCHUH, LIFE 360 IN 11:14 OPPORTUNITIE S AND FARMS LIKE THIS GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THEM BACK TO THEIR CULTURE WHERE THEY LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO THE LADN AND BE A BLESSING TO A FARM AND TO THE COMMUNITY JUST BY HAVING THEM COME IN AND PULL WEEDS AND GET IN THE MUD STANDUP: 18:57 CAM RIGHT NOW THERE ARE ABOUT 2 ACTIVE ACRES OF LO'I, BUT AS THEY CONTINUE TO PLANT TARO EVERY DAY THEY HOPE TO EXPAND IT TO A 150 ACRES .19:11 kanekoa IN: 32:10 IF WE COULD DO 20 ACRES RIGHT NOW WE'D BASICALLY DOUBLE CAPACITY FOR THE ISLAND OF OAHU FOR TARO SO THAT'S OUR NEAR TERM GOAL, THE 150 TO 180 ACRES IS OUR LONG TERM GOAL. To provide even more food sustainability, community-based organization will also grow papayas, breadfruit, banana. A return to the aina our kupuna remember. Auntie alice IN:37:19 I AM HAPPY OUR ANCESTORS GREW UP HERE SO THEY LOOKING DOWN AT US THEY GONNA MAKE IT WORK 37:26 Reporting from He'eia, CT, kITV 4 news.