Grant recipients want to restore Kaua‘i, mauka to makai

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    Horticulturalist Mike DeMotta stands in a National Tropical Botanical Garden greenhouse, surrounded by native ferns.

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    National Tropical Botanical Garden experts have found their young ferns prefer purple lighting.

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    Fern laboratory technician Emily Sezate spends hours nurturing microscopic fern spores.

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    These two varieties of sea cucumbers found in Kaua‘i waters are good eating and in high demand.

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Sea Farm personnel, from left: Thayne Taylor, Lynn Taylor, Dave Anderson, Kalaena LumWon and Ben Kane, are seen at Nomilo Fishpond, also known as Palama Pond.

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    The 18-acre Nomilo Fishpond rests at the center of a cinder cone. A delicious native succulent can be found along its shores.

KALAHEO — Two South Shore groups are using recently acquired Kaua‘i County Innovation Grants to restore the island, both mauka and makai.

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