Malama Maunalua This O’ahu project was inherited from an organization that went defunct. TIRCD was asked to be the administrative agent for their multiple grants targeting Maunalua Bay restoration efforts.
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Tri-Isle’s partner, the Central Maui Soil and Water Conservation District is administering a granted project to develop a watershed plan above Kihei. TIRCD is working to assist when needed and seeks to complement efforts such as a recently submitted NOAA-BWETs educational grant application that would target 7/8th graders in a coastal marine sampling project complemented by a high school internship program. In this concept, Hihei Charter School’s students and faculty would be a central to the project.
For over 10 years, Tri-Isle has served as administrator for county grants to the Molokai-Lanai Soil and Water Conservation District, which fund a clerical position to promote SWCD programs
There are Watershed Partnerships on Maui and one on Lanai which include the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership, East Maui Watershed Partnership, West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership and the Lanai Forest and Watershed Partnership received funding from the Maui County Office of Economic Development with administration by TIRCD. Their state organization is called the The Hawai`i Association of Watershed Partnerships.
East Maui Watershed Partnership – is a voluntary collaboration between the County of Maui, East Maui Irrigation Company, Haleakala Ranch, Haleakala National Park, Hana Ranch, State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy to preserve and protect the 100,000-acre forested watershed on the windward slope of Haleakala. Formed in 1991, the partnership has had full-time staff since 2002, implementing a resource protection and environmental education program. Project staff spend their time in the remote rainforests of East Maui protecting native vegetation and rare species habitat by constructing fences that prevent feral animals (in particular pigs) from rooting, trampling, and browsing in these sensitive areas. Staff also hunt, remove invasive plant species, and collect data to monitor the project’s effectiveness.In the classroom, staff provide presentations and demonstrations on the importance of the East Maui watershed. Outdoor learning for students, community groups, and local businesses are offered through interpretive hikes lead by EMWP staff in Waikamoi Preserve.In 2006, the Partnership completed a fencing project, enclosing 12,000 acres of native forest. Future plans include additional fences to preserve and protect over 25,000 acres. To gain support for the project and increase community awareness on watershed protection, including the native plants and animals of the East Maui watershed, staff can be seen at community events and have also hosted two art exhibits, a watershed symposium and […]
TIRCD has been working with Maui County to plan and build a recycling center on the island of Maui. Designs have been drawn and permits pulled. The newer fenced location behind the Castle and Cooke Company’s Administration Building has been completed. The Redemption facility has moved, water brought to the site and planniong continues to develop and build the recycling facility at the same location.
Tri-Isle was awarded a contract by Maui County to establish the only recycling center on Lanai as part of the HI-5 beverage recycling initiative. The locally staffed center has achieved a redemption rate of approximately 82%. Funding from the State has continued to support the project. Current operations are being supported from the handling fee funds and grants to cover shipping costs to Oahu where the beverage containers are processed.
MoMISC(The Molokai branch of the Maui Invasive Species Committee) has been an increasingly active partnership of MISC to address on Molokai invasive species challenges. Tri-Isle has assisted with past grant administration.Some of their projects include the following:
Invasive Species Emergency Response Tri-Isle has administered funding from the County of Maui for prompt response to acute invasive species threats through chemical, biological, research or other techniques
This long term project was initiated in early 1990s by a coalition of partners including technical experts from government, private land interests and NGOs to address increasing threats of invasive species in the Maui landscape particularly the native ecosystems. The program has expanded over the years with increased funding from the County of Maui, State Government and Federal Grants. Tri-Isle RC&D was a founding partner of the Melestome Action Committee (now Maui Invasive Species Committee) and continues in the role of fiscal administrator, with employment and payroll services provided by the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii. MISC staff and field crew currently number about 30 full time employees. Miconia calvescens, a particularly invasive species, originally brought in as an ornamental is the single most serious threat to native rainforests and about half of MISCs attention and manpower is directed to controlling it; which includes both helicopter and ground crew spraying. Annual county grants from the Office of Economic Development and the Department of Water Supply have been ongoing.. Other sources of funding have included grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, the Nature Conservancy, National Fish and Wildlife Federation, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Community Development Block Grants. Their “ISC’s” state organization is called the The Hawai`i Association of Watershed Partnerships.In addition to the core program, MISC is managing several sub-projects to address particular invasive species issues. These include:
Banana Bunchy Top Virus Targeted funding is used to deal with an outbreak of the virus which has a devastating effect on banana groves. Hawaiian heritage varieties are culturally important. The current strategy includes monitoring and treatment in the residential area of Makawao area where the initial infestation occurred as […]
A Molokai project that is being funded through ARRA within the State of Hawai‘i. On Moloka‘i, funding is provided to the Moloka‘i Land Trust (administered by TIRCD) to restore 20 acres of coastal plant habitat on the island’s north shore at Anapuka in the Mokio parcel. Workers have been hired to remove invasive kiawe in coastal dunes between ‘I-lio Point and Mo‘omomi. North Molokai has some of the best remaining native coastal habitat in the State and removal of invasive kiawe will allow native plant communities to expand back into these areas.
Kaho`olawe Island Restoration Commission (KIRC) TIRCD assists in the administration of grants to restore the island of Kaho`olawe. Used as for navy target practice from the 1940’s through the 1970’s, the island has had some of the unexploded ordinance removed. It has also been the subject of restoration efforts that support native Hawaiian cultural and spiritual goals. It will be included in any future native Hawaiian homeland.
Maui aloha aina Tri-Isle serves as an administrative agent to help with involving people in supporting small organic and transitioning conventional family farmers in their practice to encourage and support personal well being and soil vitality while producing nutrient rich food for the community.
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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS) Tri-Isle provides a donation account and administration for people wising to donate on behalf of the sanctuary.
This annual community event held at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens allows people to meet with over 30 active conservation organizations working on Maui to learn about issues that affect the quality of life, and teach people to become more effective stewards of their island home.
As with the other RC&Ds in Hawaii, Tri-Isle is assisting in developing long-term agreements with interested landowners who wish to enroll in the Safe Harbor Program. The Program provides a way for private landowners to help protect endangered species while avoiding the possibility of punishment for doing a good deed. The agreements allow a landowner to make habitat improvements to their property which hopefully results in increased numbers of threatened or endangered species. Subsequently harvesting of trees or other property maintenance that may result in inadvertent “taking” of endangered species will not result in a penalty or fine. The Agreement documents between NRCS, USFWS and Tri-Isle RC&D have been signed and submitted for final approval. Further government funding for this program for yearly maintenance and management is now questionable, so other sources are being pursued.
More than 200 acres of this rare remnant native dryland forest in South Maui is one of the last of it’s kind remaining in the state. The area is protected from axis deer and feral goat intrusion by an 8 ft. high fencing exclosure. This forest ecosystem has also been improved through outplanting of indigenous species. The area serves as an educational and ethnobotanical resource for present and future generations.
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project Administrators of this project came to an agreement with Tri-isle RC&D to have it act as fiscal agent for their grants, mostly from state funds. The mission of MFBRP is to develop and implement techniques that recover Maui’s endangered birds and restore their habitat through research, development, and application of conservation techniques. Tri-Isle is working in partnership with the MFBRP, RCUH and the University of Hawaii, utilizing the same structure currently in place with MISC and East Maui Watershed Partnership. So far a donation of $19,979 has been received to support the project’s activities. Expending funds from their donation account and the recovery project is looking for additional funding for the operational end of this program. They have received a grant of $7K for a series of bird walks through HTA. Their recent fund raiser brought in approximately $4,000.
The project honors Hawaii’s people and culture while encouraging economic development by creating a monthly town-wide celebration, drawing visitors to downtown Wailuku to share with residents in unique and memorable experiences. The event is focused towards visitors who want an authentic experience in entertainment, shopping, and dining while on island. Local and part-time residents are also drawn to the area by a festive “Pau hana” atmosphere, including unique entertainment, food drink and merchant specials. Funding for this next calendar year has been decreased to $17,000. Even though the event continues to draw many visitors and residents alike, funding is limited.
This program provides supervised work/study experiences for at-risk teens and young adults. Job skills are developed through training programs and personal guidance. The Program also supports community service projects and support to community events such as cultural and recreational festivals and the Maui County Fair. Grants from Maui County Housing and Human Concerns support the program’s operational and personnel expenses. A Housing and Human Concerns grant $52,975 each year for two years on behalf of Teens on Call operations had previously been contracted. TOC has been awarded level funding for year two. It is not certain as to the process in the upcoming fiscal cycle.