Koko Marina Center marks a very significant birthday by partnering to protect Maunalua Bay

Koko Marina Center 50th Anniversary Logo

Koko Marina Center is celebrating its 50th Anniversary through a special partnership with Malama Maunalua, a non-profit organization known for its efforts to revitalize its namesake bay. What better way to show its commitment to the community than help restore the surrounding marina and ocean of East Oahu.

On Saturday, June 22nd, from 10 am to 2 pm, the community is invited to Malama Maunalua’s Bay Friendly Day at Koko Marina Center featuring an EPA Healthy Watershed Demonstration Project. Volunteers will showcase the new demonstration site and discuss ways to make bay-friendly choices.

This project at Koko Marina Center was a part of a $59,000 grant Malama Maunalua received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help restore urban waters, support community revitalization and protect community health. Koko Marina Center provided additional funds as a part of the grant to help make these plans a reality. Attendees are invited to tour the site featuring three different types of parking lot storm water filtration devices, a rain garden which collects and infiltrates rainwater from a downspout, and re-vegetation of eroded areas. These installations will exhibit steps you can take in your own home or business.

Other activities include a blessing, keiki hula performance by Hula Halau O Leolani, live music by Jive Nene, informational booths from AECOM, GeoTech, and Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center, kids recycled art projects, ocean-inspired face painting and more. Bay Friendly Business promotions and giveaways, sponsored by Local Motion, Kona Brewing Co and Bubbies Ice Cream, will include Malama Maunalua bumper stickers and Fish & Limu posters, event tote bags and official Koko Marina Center 50th Anniversary pins.

With 50 years of serving the community, Koko Marina Center is proud to be a part of this project that will reduce the runoff into the marina. It is just one of the many steps we are taking to be a more responsible neighbor and give back to the residents who are our loyal customers and family.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Koko Marina Center opened as a part of visionary Henry J. Kaiser’s development of East Oahu in 1963. Although it was originally called “Hawaii Kai Shopping Center”, after several name changes, the importance of its unique location on the marina created the name that it has enjoyed since the 70’s. The center has instilled so many fond memories and is still part of the community supporting the surrounding schools and residents.

Mālama Maunalua (caring for Maunalua) is a community-based stewardship nonprofit created to conserve and restore Maunalua Bay by informing, engaging and empowering our community to take action.

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