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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

Earlier Event: June 17
Volunteer Trip- June 17, 2017
Later Event: August 12
Volunteer trip August 12, 2017