Kipahulu Ohana focuses on shoreline and near-shore stewardship as one of the integral parts of the ahupua‘a approach to resource management. Through a two-year process facilitated by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – Maui Marine Program (with the support of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program) involving extensive stakeholder input through a series of community meetings and site visits, involving more than 50 community members, fishermen, scientists, managers, and teachers, we developed our Kipahulu Malama I Ke Kai Community Action Plan (CAP) which guides our projects and priorities for our shoreline management efforts.
Among the projects of our Malama I Ke Kai program are our 'Opihi Rest Area along the shoreline adjacent to Haleakala National Park, and the proposal to designate Kipahulu Moku as a Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA).
Through our participation in community-based resource stewardship networks in the islands, we seek to share with and learn from other communities who are pursuing similar goals and projects in their own areas. In 2012, Kipahulu Ohana was one of six community organizations to cofound the Maui Nui Makai Network. Kipahulu Ohana is also a member of the E Alu Pu Network and The Limu Hui. In 2014, Kipahulu Ohana hosted the annual gathering of the statewide E Alu Pu network of communities engaged in local management efforts, attended by over 150 people from over 30 communities around the islands plus collaborating agencies and organizations.