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DLNR News Release-Sand Castles for Conservation Event

Posted on Jul 24, 2018 in Latest Department News

Restoring the Ka’elehuluhulu Beach anchialine pool affected by the 2011 Tsunami

(KAILUA-KONA) – Volunteers are invited to participate in a community workday on July 28th to help restore the anchialine pool at Ka’elehuluhulu Beach. The event is called Sand Castles for Conservation and the DLNR Division of State Parks are sponsoring it. People are encouraged to help build sand castles using only sand from the anchialine pool.

Fun activities and prizes will be held throughout the day located at Kekaha Kai State Park in the Mahai’ula section of the park.

The sand was deposited in the pool during the 2011 tsunami. There has been much progress over the past year in restoring the pool and the local community is welcome to help remove the sand during the event. The restoration process efforts have resulted in the return of an endangered Hawaiian stilt, which has been seen foraging in the Ka’elehuluhulu pool for the first time in several years.

There will be a beach cleanup hosted by Hawaii Wildlife Fund from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The sand castle competition will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. While judging is taking place, event participants will be able to try the slack lining activity hosted by SlackHi from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be an adult and keiki competition. Participants can work as teams or as individuals.

Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories. The prizes are donated by the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort, Big Island Diver, Dolphin Quest, Surfer Rider Foundation Kona, and Hawaii Wildlife Fund. Coffee for the event is being donated by the San Francisco Bay Coffee Company.

To register contact [email protected].

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Photographs: (Courtesy: DLNR)

Media contact:
AJ McWhorter
DLNR Communications Specialist
Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources
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