Earth Week, National Volunteer Week and Native Hawaiian Plant Month

Earth week, National Volunteer week, and Hawaiian Native Plant month were celebrated with zeal yesterday, the 18th of April; and not a drop of rain after such a very wet period! Thirteen volunteers totaled 47 volunteer hours along with two paid crew workers, and my self.

Gilbert Hauanio Parking Security

We arrived at the forest parking entrance to find it weed wacked and attended by our Black Sand security volunteer, Gilbert Hauanio! Efforts began after protocol, with tending the east, central and west volunteer areas as three separate groups, in preparation for the planting of 44 seedlings.

Ann Kobsa tending ha’iwale

Ann Kobsa, also present, donated a great variety of species including ‘ohe, loulu, lama, ohi’a, kopiko, kolea, alahe’e, and kolomona; and Linda Larish, our Sierra club volunteer contributed 24 mamaki seedlings.

Linda Larish brings Mamaki



We are so grateful to our community members and to those travelling from abroad for coming to make a difference in our beloved rainforest of Keau’ohana!


Mahalo Nui Loa to all!