Malama Loko Ea Foundation

Restoring Ea

aka Malama Loko Ea Foundation   |   Haleiwa, HI   |  http://www.lokoea.org

Mission

To perpetuate the Native Hawaiian Culture through Education, Land Stewardship and Community Building, while sustainably restoring our precious natural resources.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Ms Rae Lynn DeCoito

Main address

62-540B Kamehameha Hwy

Haleiwa, HI 96712 USA

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EIN

27-1307663

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our ability to put healthful food on our tables while protecting our ecosystems has never been more important. As we face the impacts of climate change, paired with a new understanding of the fragility of our food supply chains learned through the COVID-19 pandemic, we must plan for a future that centers around resilience. To ensure resilient ecosystems, coastal communities, seafood access, and more, we must invest in and enable a robust aquaculture industry. Seafood is vital to our people, economy, and planet. Traditional aquaculture has always been a key component of our seafood systems and is one of the most climate-friendly and resource efficient ways to achieve food security, economic, and environmental restoration outcomes. The global conservation community now looks towards our native Hawaiian indigenous sustainable resource management wisdom. Traditional fishponds are at the heart of this system.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

KUPUOHI EDUCATION PROGRAM

Kupuohi means to flourish and grow.

Our Kupuohi Education program strives to teach students, pre-k to post college, about sustainability, science, language arts, Hawaiian Culture, land-stewardship with exciting hands-on, experiential activities. Our goal is to inspire students to learn about and to care for their environment while developing their sense of place.eachers can select from the following fieldtrip themes and activities:
Wai (water)– Watersheds and Ahupuaʻa, Water Cycle, Water Quality Testing, Watershed Pollution
Iʻa (fish)– Body parts of a Fish, Fishing Regulations, Fish Observations, Fish Dissection, Throw Net
Mea Kanu (plants)– Moʻolelo of Laniwahine, Seed dispersion, Plant Scavenger Hunt, Native Plant Propagation
Puʻuhonua- Critter ID and Critter Count (Limited availability)
Waiola Project- our year-long program where students perform monthly: basic water quality testing, take observations of Loko ea and fish behavior.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Aquaculture Facility License 2020

Aquaculture Facility License 2021

Aquaculture Facility License 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have an innate motivation to master and control their environment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people, Academics

Related Program

KUPUOHI EDUCATION PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth

Related Program

KUPUOHI EDUCATION PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Restore Loko ea and Ukoa to a thriving, functioning fishpond and producing 70,000 pounds of fresh fish annually for local consumption.

Provide cultural and STEM education for students PreK to Adults- including traditional resource management- in perosn & on line training.

To assist with the restoration of other fishponds statewide with dredge services available for contract & consulting.
Train the next generation of young leaders in conservation and culture to manage these sites going forward.

To help community members reconnect to the land through stewardship opportunities.

Build a 40,000 sq ft community learning center to provide classes in Olelo Hawaiian, Hawaii science training, dual credit courses and cultural practices hands on learning.

Restore Loko ea to a thriving, functioning fishpond.

Community supported restoration during monthly workdays
Restoration plan and staff/board ready to

Provide a traditional food source for the community


Cultural and STEM education for students PreK to Adults

Restore Loko ea to a thriving, functioning fishpond.

*Obtained 17 permits for restoration and dredge of Loko ea
*$250,000 capital campaign to purchase dredge equipment
*Skilled board members and per-eminent Loko iʻa Expert created and carrying out restoration plan


Provide a traditional food source for the community

Cultural and STEM education for students PreK to Adults

Mālama Loko Ea Foundation just celebrated 13 years in operations

Each year over 5,000 volunteers and students visit Loko ea with school classes, community workdays and volunteer days
* acquired 17 permits from various agencies for restoration/dredge project obtained
*over $400,000 raised for purchasing specialized dredge equipment & BMPʻs materials
*Over $3,000,000 in in kind volunteer labor

Whatʻs next- we are now looking to restore Ukoʻa fishpond uplands of Loko Ea within the next couple years.




*calculated at the national volunteer rate of $25.43 per hour

Financials

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Malama Loko Ea Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Cariann AhLoo

Na Kupuna Foundation

Term: 2021 -

Sean Sasaki

Na Alii

Kamaki Worthington

Nui KeAho

Rocky Lee

Queens Medical Center

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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