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.
Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana