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11/23/19 Waiheʻe Valley Volunteer Demo and Workday
November 23, 2019 @ 8:15 am - 12:30 pm
Waiheʻe Valley on the Windward side of Oʻahu is on Honolulu Board of Water Supply (HBWS) land and has been identified by HBWS as a “potentially high recharge watershed”. KMWP has partnered with HBWS to begin clearing a large site area of invasive and non-native trees and shrubs to replace them with native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants. The goal is to implement a Riparian Learning Center for nearby schools and communities to utilize, learn from, and give service to.
How to Get There:
Volunteers will gather at the Kahaluʻu Regional Park parking lot (there should be ample parking), and then the group will caravan with KMWP Staff up through locked access gates to reach the worksite.
Parking Approximate Address: 47-114 Waihee Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744
What to Expect:
Join us for a morning in Waiheʻe where we will be contributing to an ongoing plant restoration project being led by the Koʻolau Mountain Watershed Partnership. The KMWP team will provide demos of different techniques they use in the field to eliminate and remove albizia and fiddlewood, two problematic invasive trees species common to the area. Weʻll hear from Dave Elliott with O’ahu Resource Conservation and Development Council on conservation planning and watershed restoration, and use the remaining time for hands-on invasive plant species removal.
Nov. 23rd Work Plan (tentative):
8:15 – Meet at Kahaluʻu Regional Park parking lot, collect volunteer waivers
8:45 – Caravan in to Waiheʻe worksite, introductions, site background and moʻolelo
9:00 – Workday, field demo, and safety briefing, pass out tools and start removing weeds
12:00 – Wrap up work
12:30 – 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 (recommended) and lunch (optional)
– Insect repellent and any medications needed
– Rain jacket (in case of inclement weather)
***All tools and gloves will be provided***
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.
*You MUST sign-up ahead of time to participate. Drop-ins are not allowed.
Questions? Email: email@example.com or call 808-426-8071.
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