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Na Pua o Maunalua

Produced by Kaiser High School's Ho‘olokahi Voyaging Class
May 2006



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Interviews with Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier and Elizabeth Kumabe

40 days and 40 nights

Surfing Medicine International
April 23, 2011

In March 2006, a rare continuous 40 days of rainfall occurred in the Hawaiian Islands causing massive coastal flooding and one of the biggest short-term fecal discharges in the history of Hawai'i.  Approximately 50 million gallons of raw sewage poured into the Ala Wai canal after a sewer line ruptured.  It flowed to Waikiki beach and to O'ahu's infamous surf break 'Ala Moana Bowls'. One person died of flesh eating bacteria after falling into the canal near the sewage discharge site. 

The film on Current TV, was produced in 2006 by Pikoi Ke Kaula Kualena a few months after the sewage spill occurred in Waikiki. Shortly after filming finished, the film stalled in production, and now five years later, is being released for the first time.

The short film documentary investigates the response and conflicts by government officials regarding a lack of on-site warning systems during federal guideline exceedances of fecal bacteria concentrations in Waikiki surface waters polluted with human and animal feces. This film compares and contrasts claims made by the State of Hawaii Department of Health over the last few decades regarding natural versus human and animal sources of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recommended fecal bacteria indicator Enterococcus in surface waters of tropical islands, with a focus on the response related to the 2006 sewage spill during 40 days and 40 nights of rain. In conclusion, the film ties in the most current internationally peer reviewed research that shows significant associations between stream deforestation, urbanization, ungulate and human presence, and excessive recreation with increased incidence rates of fecal bacteria in surface waters of tropical islands.

Regardless of the politics and science behind increased rates of fecal matter in surface water of Waikiki and the lack of a thorough epidemiology study to causally connect water pollution with illness rates on any tropical island, the film most importantly, provides sustainable solutions using plant based remedies to improve surface water contamination and public health.

Music in the film was composed by brotha.deepWayne CobhamOsmar Cobo, and, contains the title track 'Surfing Medicine' from the charity album 'Surfing Medicine: Volume I' by Joe Isaacs of the Soul Vendors. The film was directed and edited by Surfing Medicine International.

Laupahoehoe forest field trip

Produced by Honoka‘a High School, Agriculture Department
December 2011

The Rain Follows the forest

Produced by State of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources
January 2012

Jason Scott Lee sets out on a journey to learn about sustainable life in our island home. Through interesting conversations, he learns about Hawaii's fragile fresh water supply and discovers connections to upland forest environment.

DLNR released a plan to ensure mauka watersheds are fully functioning so fresh water resources can be utilized by the people of Hawaii in perpetuity. Click here to learn more.

kaupulehu Dryland forest

Produced by Honoka‘a High School, Agriculture Department
February 2012

ka papahana hale kahiko - the traditional house project at lāwa‘i

Produced by Hiwahiwa Joyce-Maeda, Lower Grade garden Coordinator

Kawaikini NCPS 3rd and 4th grade students learned plant science with trees, diversity;native, non-native. Tree layers, bark, cambium. Tree rings and growth, Hardwood/Softwood. The students practiced laulima and learned to build with tree resources and the Community, a traditional Hawaiian gathering House. At Lāwa‘i Valley, they also primarily did: place based studies in names, including winds, measuring of winds, velocity studies with natural objects and Lāwa‘i stream, protocol in arrival, departure and serving of food, growing and cooking of food to bring to the community table, learning of the diversity of Loulu (growing), learning to thatch with Loulu.

"washed up!!?!"

Produced by Chaz Castro and Waihe‘e Limu Restoration

The Waihe‘e Limu Restoration Program held a training for three Cultural Personnel Resource participants from the Department of Education's Hawaiian Studies Program. From this training, this participants created an educational children's video featuring Honu (turtle), Kupuna (Elder) Barrows, Kupuna (Elder) Kalehuwehe, and I‘a (fish). Children learn to appreciate native limu (seaweed) on our reefs, why it's important, how to gather limu, and replant limu for future generations to enjoy.