Please Save the Last Nesting Habitat of the Ae’o,

the Endangered Hawaiian Black-Necked Stilt,

in Kuapa Pond, Hawaii Kai Marina 

The 523-acre Kuapa Pond was the largest fishpond wetland in Polynesia; however, this wetland was destroyed with development of the 260-acre Hawaii Kai Marina in the 1960s. The loss of wetland habitat was a major factor in listing the endemic Hawaiian waterbirds, the Hawaiian stilt (Ae’o), Common Moorhen (’Alae’Ula), and Hawaiian Coot (’Alae Ke’oke’o), as endangered. In the late 1990s, one of the Islands in Kuapa Pond, Rim Island No.2 (RI-2), was partially filled with dredging material and the Ae’o returned and colonized RI-2. The Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association (HKMCA) is now planning on depositing more dredge spoils onto RI-2 pond; however, the dredge spoils would be deposited on top of existing nesting locations. For more on the history of the area please see our conservation webpage

 

Since 2002, efforts have been made to work with HKMCA to save RI-2 and develop either an alternative to dumping dredging materials at this location or to use dredge spoils to increase waterbird habitat on Rim Islands 1 and 2 rather than destroying existing nesting areas. However, to date HKMCA has not responded. The Concerned Citizens of Hawaii, Ltd and the Hawaii Audubon Society, both non-profit organizations, sent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, the State Department of Health, the City and County of Honolulu and the HKMCA a 60-day notice letter stating their intent to sue under the Federal Endangered Species Act if dredge spoils are used to fill in the remainder of the pond on RI-2.  This action was taken because of HKMCA's stated intension to dump dredge spoils on endangered Ae`o nesting habitat on RI-2. During the 2014-2015 Ae`o nesting season, the HKMCA performed a survey of RI-2 and claimed that the Ae`o population on RI-2 is limited by food. Please support the joint efforts of CCH and HAS to protect the stilt habitat on Rim Island 2 by sending a donation to either CCH or HAS.

Please send your tax deductible donations to:

Concerned Citizens of Hawaii, Ltd.

The Ae’o of Kuapa Pond, Hawaii Kai Marina

P.O. Box 25844, Honolulu, HI 96825