Rain Equals Planting

The beginning of fall was marked by abundant rain a couple of weeks ago! We seized the moment to plant 112 native ‘ohe keiki in the ground! We now await with anticipation the next spell of rain to plant 128 more… Although most of our weekly efforts consist of invasive species control to help protect the native flora in Keau’ohana, planting such canopy trees is an important part of re-establishing the lost shade due to Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death! Our strategy has shifted to include higher densities of these seedlings in the most promising regions of the restoration site for a higher success rate.

A big thank you to Ann Kobsa from Malama O Puna, for the propagation and donation of these beautiful seedlings! Ann has been one of our greatest supporters of Keau’ohana Rainforest from the project’s onset in 2014. Her dedication to Hawaii’s native plant community is an inspiration to so many!

We also wish to offer a warm welcome and thanks to 6 new members of Hawaii Environmental Restoration (HER); it is an honor to have you on board. Your contributions are so important to our work! Mahalo Nui Loa!!!