Mālama Maunalua uses varied planning tools and techniques to develop conservation strategies on land and water to achieve our conservation goals.

Our planning is:

Collaborative – We work closely with the community, government agencies, businesses, and academia.

Science-based – We use the best social and natural science available to make informed decisions.

Results oriented – We strive to create strategies that tackle problems and achieve meaningful outcomes.

How we use science and planning to inform our work:

Maunalua Bay Conservation Action Plan

In 2006, Mālama Maunalua completed a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for Maunalua Bay. The community planning effort helped establish the organization’s main strategies.

CAP Strategies:

  • Remove invasive alien algae
  • Reduce land based pollution (nutrients and sediment)
  • Increase fish biomass

Habitat Restoration Plan

Mālama Maunalua implements strategies to remove and prevent regrowth of Invasive Alien Algae. The focus of our work is in the 28+ acres of Paiko beach. Our goal is to clear the area of harmful algae to restore a marine habitat with healthy, native seagrass and algae.


  • Pilot Sea Urchin Seeding Project
  • Continue to test the Seagrass Restoration Initiative
  • Determine plot maintenance strategy for 4 acres at Paiko Restoration Area via hukis and Adopt-A-Plot
  • Expand knowledge through science workshops and research

Maunalua Bay Knowledge Assessment

Mālama Maunalua is working with the community to document social, ecological, and economic knowledge about the Bay. Step one was to collect the readily available research that has been conducted in Maunalua Bay. We are please to share this growing repository of information with the Maunalua Bay community – click on buttons below (resource library and ArcGIS online map)

Community Initiatives

Mālama Maunalua is proud to participate in community initiatives that take root in the Maunalua Bay region.  Through our involvement, we are able to learn from residents and bay users and build to our knowledge about the Bay, which is a critical component to our science and planning effort.

Join the Maunalua Watershed Hui.  Through leadership from Hawaii Conservation Alliance, the team created a “snapshot” of health of the Maunalua region. Community and organizations continue to meet to discuss special projects, where community involvement is needed.

Student Research

The mission of the Student Research initiative is to provide students with applied field research opportunities that help fill knowledge gaps in the resources of Maunalua Bay. Each year, MM mentors and hosts anywhere between 5 – 40 students in undergraduate and graduate school on independent to designated internship research projects. Project topics are diverse, depending upon student interest and research needs. Recent projects include water quality sampling, seagrass transplanting, lesson plan development, and more.

Special Thanks

Mālama Maunalua would like to thank DOH for resuming water quality sampling at select locations in Maunalua Bay.

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