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10/12/19 Mānana Trail Volunteer Workday
October 12 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mānana Trail is located in the ahupuaʻa of Mānana. Completed in 1969 by Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club, the six-mile trail ends at the summit of the Koʻolau Mountains. In upper elevations the trail winds through forests of koa, ʻōhiʻa, and other native Hawaiian plants, however the majority of the trail is dominated by non-native and invasive shrub and trees species such as Paperbark, Strawberry Guava and Manuka. Mānana has experienced multiple wildfires over the past few decades, which have allowed fire-adapted Paperbark and other invasive species to spread rapidly along the ridgeline. Since 2014, KMWP volunteers have been caring for a 10-acre project site at Mānana — removing these invasive species and replacing them with native koa, ʻākia, lonomea, ʻōhiʻa, lovegrass and other plant species. Since volunteer work has started, the native species have begun to establish and spread naturally, helping to restore the forest’s ecological balance, improve watershed recharge, and reduce wildfire fuel load.
How to Get There:
Approximate Address: 2570 Komo Mai Drive, Pearl City, HI 96782
Located at the top of Komo Mai Drive in Pearl City. Parking on street, Trailhead is at the end of the cul-de-sac just behind the locked gate.
What to Expect:
2 hours of hiking round trip. The hike is moderate along uneven terrain with some short, narrow spans along trail. We will be eating lunch during the hike. We get all kinds of weather on Mānana trail; please make sure to have sun protection as well as a rain jacket or poncho. Must wear covered shoes for this workday. No Shoes, No Work.
October 12th Work Plan (tentative):
8:30am – 9:00am Meet us at locked gate and walk to watertank 10 min up trail, Introductions and safety briefing, pass out tools, protocol then start hike
9:00am – 10:30am Hike with stops along the way and arrive at worksite
10:30am- 11:30 Safety briefing, work in site then clean up
11:30am – 12:00pm Lunch
12:00pm – 1:30pm Hike up to native forest, Wahi Pana o ʻEwa talk
1:30pm – 3:00pm Hike back to water tank, Mahalos and Pau!
What to Wear and Pack:
– COMPLETED WAIVERS REQUIRED for EACH participant
– SHOES ARE REQUIRED. Remember No Shoes No Work!
– LONG PANTS ARE REQUIRED. (long sleeve shirt that can get dirty also recommended)
– Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
– Reusable water bottle(s) and plenty of water (1/2 gallon recommended)
– Snacks and LUNCH. We will be eating lunch on the trail. This is a LONG workday, please don’t forget food!
– Insect repellant and any medications needed
– Rain jacket (in case of inclement weather)
*All tools and gloves will be provided*
It is important to stay hydrated throughout this workday as well as prior to the workday. We recommend drinking plenty of water the night prior to and morning of the workday. Many plants are flowering; please let us know of any medical conditions or allergies before hike. *KMWP Staff is certified in Wilderness First Aid. We carry cell phones and first aid kits in case of emergency* Also, there are no bathrooms; participants will need to trek in the bushes.
We will begin the workday at 8:30am SHARP! If you are not present and we do not hear from you, we will begin the volunteer day without you. PLEASE BE ON TIME!
Deadline to sign up is October 9th!!
*You must sign-up ahead of time to participate. Drop-ins are not allowed.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-426-8071.
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