Jul
1
8:00 am08:00

Volunteer trip July 1, 2017

As our volunteer community changes and grows, we wanted to acknowledge the passing of one of our Auwahi `ohana, Richard Nakagawa. For those of you who knew Richard, you know he was exceptionally humble, caring, and passionate. Richard was an early force in the protection of Auwahi forest when the very fate of the forest lay in the balance.   At a time when Auwahi volunteer trips were particularly physical, Richard’s bright spirit, hard working style, and cackling laugh that everyone knew, buoyed up and made those first work trips something memorable. For all that he gave to Hawaiian plants and to the people around him, Richard’s spirit will always reside in Auwahi forest and in our hearts and memories.  

As our volunteer community changes and grows, we wanted to acknowledge the passing of one of our Auwahi `ohana, Richard Nakagawa. For those of you who knew Richard, you know he was exceptionally humble, caring, and passionate. Richard was an early force in the protection of Auwahi forest when the very fate of the forest lay in the balance.
 
At a time when Auwahi volunteer trips were particularly physical, Richard’s bright spirit, hard working style, and cackling laugh that everyone knew, buoyed up and made those first work trips something memorable. For all that he gave to Hawaiian plants and to the people around him, Richard’s spirit will always reside in Auwahi forest and in our hearts and memories.
 

On Saturday July 1st, we are heading back up to Auwahi to malama our native forests. This time we are focusing on the less glamorous job of controlling some of the invasive plant species that threaten Auwahi forest. As a result, this trip will definitely be rougher, scratchier, and more physical than our normal tree planting trips. Please consider this in requesting a seat for this trip.

On our volunteer trips to Auwahi forest, we work as a team to plant native seedlings, pull weeds, and gather seeds. Respectfully, for your safety and the safety of others, if you have any pertinent medical or physical conditions that would affect your ability to engage in this type of fieldwork please consider these factors carefully when offering to volunteer at Auwahi. To request a seat in one of our 4x4 vehicles, please send us a note at volunteer@auwahi.org.

Located on and sponsored by `Ulupalakua Ranch, the Auwahi Project (www.auwahi.org) protects one of the last diverse tracts of dryland forest in the archipelago. We are a community based project, in large part, dependent on the contributions of the public, especially in terms of volunteerism for tree planting and other aspects of forest management. 

As usual, before leaving the ranch we will be decontaminating our boots with brushes to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and using alcohol to avoid the potential spread of rapid `ōhi`a death (ROD) and other potential pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests. 

Where: ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store     

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN THAT COVER THE ANKLE, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.

We have a limited number of 4x4 drive vehicles and, as a result, limited room for volunteers. Please don't let this discourage you from signing up but we do ask for your understanding for not being able to accommodate everyone who wants to volunteer.
 

Mahalo no,
 

Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana

Jun
17
8:00 am08:00

Volunteer Trip- June 17, 2017

Auwahi volunteer trip- June 17, 2017 (If interested in coming please email us at volunteer@auwahi.org)

"A society is no better than its woods"- W. H. Audens
 
In ancient Rajasthan, India, it is said 363 villagers lost their lives protecting a grove of sacred khejri trees from being cut down for materials for the maharajah's palace. Today, with our busy lives, our relationship with the native trees of our lands is much more ambiguous.
 
And yet, daily, native trees of our lands offer invaluable natural resources and provide essential life-giving services. Native trees bind the soils, regulate nutrient cycling, capture and process our waters, give us shade and beauty, as well as provide ethnobotanical materials and cultural identity.
 
We are heading back up in two weeks to complete the planting of the last 300 of this season’s batch of beautiful maua (Xylosma hawaiiense) seedlings at Auwahi. A lot of these will go where we were last trip, the upper eastern section of A2 forest area. This area is probably a little thicker, scratchier, rockier and rougher to traverse than some of the areas we plant in so please bear that in mind if you want to go on this trip. Otherwise, we look forward to hearing from you and promise to get back to you by this coming Friday, June 9th, if we can reserve you a seat in a 4WD vehicle.
 
Located on and sponsored by `Ulupalakua Ranch, the Auwahi Project (www.auwahi.org) protects one of the last diverse tracts of dryland forest in the archipelago. We are a community based project, in large part, dependent on the contributions of the public, especially in terms of volunteerism for tree planting and other aspects of forest management. 

As usual, before leaving the ranch we will be decontaminating our boots with brushes to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and using alcohol to avoid the potential spread of rapid `ōhi`a death (ROD) and potentially other pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests. 

Where: ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store     

 

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN THAT COVER THE ANKLE, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.
 

We have a limited number of 4wheel drive vehicles and, as a result, limited room for volunteers. Please don't let this discourage you from signing up but we do ask for your understanding for not being able to accommodate everyone who wants to volunteer.
 

Mahalo no,
 

Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana

May
20
8:00 am08:00

Volunteer Trip- May 20, 2017

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Auwahi volunteer trip
Saturday May 20, 2017


Though increasingly rare, maua remains a beautiful and conspicuous component of leeward slopes of most of the main Hawaiian islands. The pink, magenta, and chartreuse liko (young leaves) of the maua gathered in the canopies of large trees seasonally create some of the most striking and colorful displays of Hawaiian forests.

Ethnobotanically, virtually nothing has been documented about the uses of maua (Xylosma hawaiiense) by the early Hawaiians save for a reference in an early dictionary as a favored wood for poi boards. As the tree produces hard, durable wood, this lack of documentation of usage likely reflects the relatively poor state of knowledge capture during the late 1700s and early 1800s. On Maui, a second name has been recorded, a’e, though this name is also shared by other tree species.
 

On southern Haleakala, maua grows in the wild from Kanaio, with its smaller, more bonsai shrubby trees, to the larger 30 foot individuals that thrive in the richer soils of Auwahi and Luala’ilua. Thanks to Anna Palomino’s magic touch, we have an unprecedented batch ofmaua seedling that need your help on May 20th, in being returned to their native home.  If you have the time, please consider joining us.

 
As usual, before leaving the ranch we will be decontaminating our boots with brushes to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and using alcohol to avoid the potential spread of rapid `ōhi`a death (ROD) and potentially other pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests. 

 Where: ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store     

 

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN THAT COVER THE ANKLE, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.
 

We have a limited number of 4wheel drive vehicles and, as a result, limited room for volunteers. Please don't let this discourage you from signing up but we do ask for your understanding for not being able to accommodate everyone who wants to volunteer.
 

Mahalo no,
 

Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana