He‘eia Reserve, Hawai’i

State

Hawaiʻi

State Partner

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology

Acres

1,385

Est. Date

2017

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.

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This reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization. Please stay tuned for more information.

Did You Know…

Located within the Kāneʻohe Bay estuary on the windward side of Oʻahu, the He’eia Reserve includes significant historic and cultural resources.

Latest News from the He’eia Reserve

Re-envisioning Conservation Science

Re-envisioning Conservation Science

For the members of 16 Tribal Nations, Reserve staff, and partners who traveled to Hawaiʻi’s Heʻeia Reserve last April, stepping into a loʻi kalo was the perfect way to begin a conversation with wide-ranging implications—how to indigenize conservation science.

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DC Download: May 2024

DC Download: May 2024

Now is the time to tell your members of Congress to support funding for America’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System! Your elected officials are working on the FY 2025 budgets for programs like the NERRS …

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DC Download: April 2024

DC Download: April 2024

Last week in DC, the NERRA Board came out in a full court press and learned that support for the Reserve System and the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) is growing!

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He‘eia Reserve, Hawai’i