University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology
Hawai‘i’s He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve was founded in 2017. Its 1,385 acres include the estuary of the ahupua‘a of He‘eia on Kāne‘ohe Bay. The Reserve protects unique ecosystems, including the He‘eia Stream, coral reefs, sand flats, an ancient Hawaiian fishpond, as well as traditional agricultural and heritage lands. It is home to the endangered Hawaiian stilt, moorhen, coot, and duck. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology is the lead state partner and is located on Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island) within the Reserve.
Latest News from the He’eia Reserve
Kudos and deep appreciation to two of our Reserve colleagues, who are supporting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) policy and strategy at the national scale.
Can you put a price tag on the feeling you get when you spot a rare bird at the water’s edge? Or the weightlessness you experience when launching a canoe? How about the glow of feeding your community with fish you’ve caught with your family?
At He‘eia Reserve, a new professional development program for food service workers impacted by COVID-19 supports local community members while advancing a mission of revitalizing Indiginous food systems on Reserve lands.