The Making of Kailua – A Conversation with Muriel Seto

The Making of Kailua: Preserving the Kawai’nui Marsh – a conversation with Muriel Seto, a community leader who led the preservation effort.

Muriel Seto returns briefly to Kailua and will trace her life-long love affair with the Kawai’nui Marsh and the many challenges – dating back to the 60s – faced in preserving it. Muriel, who was along-time member of the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle, will describe the strategies and events that took place due to her efforts and those who she worked closely with.

In establishing the Kawai’nui Heritage Foundation, Muriel and her colleagues were successful in advocating for the preservation of the marsh and laid the groundwork for the preservation and restoration of this significant community feature of Kailua’s landscape – one that continues to have historical, agricultural, environmental, and cultural significance today.

Today Kawaiʻnui Marsh is among a very select group from around the globe that is recognized as “Wetlands of International Importance.”

Please Join Us: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 7 PM

Le Jardin Academy
917 Kalanianaole Hwy (corner of Kapaa Quarry road)
Kailua, HI 96734-4600

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The extraordinary book KAILUA is now available!

See what’s being said about our book Kailua.

KAILUA – in the wisps of the Malanai breeze

Kailua showcases the rich cultural and environmental history of the ahupua’a through vintage and contemporary photographs, maps, insightful essays and stories, and songs written by residents, past and present. The book has been in the making for several years. It is nearly 300 pages, includes over 180 photographs, and features the perspective of 23 authors and contributors on topics such as early land ownership, culture, agriculture, archaeology, geology, and environment.

Your Kailua Historical Society membership will entitle you to purchase this book at a 15% discount. Membership and book purchase information is available on this website.