Auwahi volunteer trip
October 22, 2016
“A culture is no better than its woods.”- W.H. Auden
One of the most charismatic of the native Hawaiian trees found at Auwahi is the red-flowered Haleakala sandalwood (Santalum haleakalae var. lanaiense). All species of sandalwood are referred to in Hawaiian as `iliahi or la`au `ala, the latter literally ‘fragrant plant’. The yellow flowered Santalum ellipticum, especially those shrubby forms near the coast, are `iliahi alo’e.
The red-flowered Haleakala sandalwood, shown here, is one of our Nation’s rarest trees, and as such, is recognized as Endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Ethnobotanically, Hawaiians used the wood of `iliahi for thepola (platform of a double canoe), the powdered heartwood to perfume theirkapa (tapa or bark cloth), and other parts in dyeing kapa a distinctive reddish-brown.
On October 22, we head back up to Auwahi to care for the homes of our native Hawaiian trees. We’ll be planting trees, pulling some weeds, and gathering seeds. 2016 has turned out to be a banner year for some species, includingolopua and `iliahi, in producing seeds. 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, October 22, 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 4-wheel 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. And of course, mahalo loa for all the years of enthusiastic support given by the people of Maui towards our common vision of community-based stewardship of our native forests.
Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana