Posted on Oct. 18, 2011 at 10:18 PM
After planting 860 seedlings, we got rained out halfway through the day, so didn't make it to the 100,000th plant. Hopefully we'll get there on our next trip. Love to have you there for that milestone! We are currently at 99,726 plants planted at Auwahi.
Posted on Sept. 30, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Why does Hawaii need biocontrol? Here's a link to Art's perspective, from his Sept. 13th presentation at an international conference held in Waikoloa:
Posted on July 21, 2011 at 9:45 AM
Our 31 volunteers planted 962 keiki of 10 species on the slopes of Auwahi III. While those numbers are terrific, they don't hold a candle to the level of cameraderie we felt working, laughing and eating together in the fresh breeze under scattered clouds.
A special accomplishment was planting some 200 individuals of the endangered vine, Vigna o-wahuensis. That ...
Posted on June 30, 2011 at 11:34 AM
36 volunteers put 1,849 native seedlings back in the ground on this beautiful day at Auwahi III. If we’d had more plants along, we would have easily beat the Auwahi record of 1,861 plants in a single day! The roster of 15 species included our “ecosystem engineer” shrub, 'a'ali'i, plus widespread natives mamane, naio, maile ...
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM
As spring rains continue to bless Auwahi, the crew is out counting and measuring just how native species are rejuvenating at this first exclosure, fenced in 1997. Here’s a few of our tantalizing findings – all examples of natural regeneration, that is, seedlings that have sprouted on their own from seeds in the soil.
Keiki of the red-flowered endangered 'iliahi ...
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM
As usual, this trip was all about reclaiming land once dominated by native species. But instead of planting keiki in newly prepared areas within the 184-acre Auwahi III exclosure, we fanned out across previously planted sections to spot-check for weeds and pukas deserving additional plants.
We pulled tree poppy (Bocconia frutescens), fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis), and balloon plant (Asclepias physocarpa), preventing ...
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM
We planted 1,053 seedlings at Auwahi III with just 18 people. A beautiful day -- the weather kept changing. A great variety of species planted -- 'a'ali'i (663 seedlings), 'aiea, ko'oko'olau, halapepe, vigna, mamane, 'akia, 'ala'a, naio, holei, 'iliahi, maua and 'ohi'a! What a diversity! Bringing back the forest.
Also had quite a variety of ...
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM
A record-breaking planting trip (in terms of total plants for the number of volunteers). 24 volunteers planted about 1,800 keiki at Auwahi III. Beautiful weather and camaraderie. Volunteer George elected to spend his 21st birthday working at Auwahi!
Nearly 1,400 of our plantings were 'a'ali'i, the “ecosystem engineer” shrub that grows so quickly (2 feet/year ...
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM
We returned some 1,300 native Hawaiian plants home today, under crisp clear skies and forever views of the mountains and the Pacific.
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM
The volunteers and crew put about 1,200 plants in their native home. A beautiful sunny day with a spectacular view across the Pacific.
We planted quite a few seedlings of the rare tree 'aiea, host plant for the incredibly rare Blackburn's hawkmoth, found only in the Hawaiian Islands. As caterpillers, they need to eat `aiea leaves to survive ...
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:43 PM
We returned another 1,700 native Hawaiian plants home today.
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM
1,700 more native Hawaiian trees added to Auwahi III today. Perfect weather and soil, incredible views, lots of friends, and Sunnie and Andrea’s cookies.
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:38 PM
Today, 36 volunteers and staff, led by Art Medeiros, set a record by planting 2,000 native Hawaiian plants in 1 day. Halapepe, maile, holei, 'ulei, and 'a'ali'i were among the trees and shrubs we returned to their original home.
Cool and sometimes misty conditions made for perfect planting weather. Cookies by Andrea, Persis, and Sunnie kept our ...
Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM
We had 38 hardworking volunteers plant about 1,000 trees today. Also enjoyed a tour of the new Auwahi III fenced exclosure, 150 additional acres ! And we got to check out Auwahi I, the original dream of Art’s. A warm and beautiful day at Auwahi.
Posted on June 10, 2011 at 6:17 PM
An Unlikely Setting
Past the little town of ʻUlupalakua and the tiny but graced headquarters of ʻUlupalakua Ranch, on the leeward flanks of Haleakalā volcano, begin in earnest lava fields that continue for another 20 or so miles until you reach Kaupō District. To most who pass this way, kapu to rental cars, the lava seems barren and like a ...