KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - With Mount Olomana standing watch in the distance, this is where 40-acres will be set aside for some of Hawaii's endangered treasures.
"There will be several ponds established in the foreground. And this type of action here to cut the grass down to allow for the birds and the native plants to come back into the area," says William Aila.
Both a construction and restoration project, the hope is that the Hawaiian Duck, Hawaiian Stilt, Hawaiian Moorhen and the Hawaiian Coot all return. All are on the federal endangered species list.
"We are just trying to create another habitat for them that they can kind of fill in bc as they have chicks and if they are successful breeding then here's another area that they can start to increase the populations," says David Smith.
"The historical significance of Kawainui marsh is well known to everybody. And it's the largest wetland remaining in Hawaii," says Douglas B. Guttormsen.
For 15-years, the state and army corp of engineers have worked together toward today's agreement, which is part of a larger flood control project for the 800-acre marsh.
"Our hope is by the end of the fiscal year, the federal fiscal year September 30th we'll award a construction project and then we will manage and oversee that construction project," says Guttormsen.
"All of this had to be done with the community's input, community's advice and really the community's vision on what it should look like."