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3/9/19 Ala Mahamoe Cultural Garden Volunteer Workday (Pali Lookout Workday Change)

March 9, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Due to the recent landslides on the Pali Highway, there will be a change of plans for our volunteer trip scheduled for 3/9/19 from 8:30am to 12pm.  Instead, we will be going to Ala Mahamoe Native Cultural Forest in Moanalua.  The date and time will remain the same.


The Ala Mahamoe Cultural Forest Project seeks to restore the dryland forest to a more native-dominated system to increase water recharge capacity in this high-priority watershed area. The project will provide opportunities for students and community members to be involved in land stewardship and conservation work through the establishment of a community-supported garden with native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced cultural plants.

Ala Mahamoe was once abundant in native Hawaiian vegetation and was utilized by cultural practioners for lā‘au lapa‘au (Hawaiian herbal medicine). Decades of degradation caused by cattle ranching have led to the dominance of non-native vegetation such as guinea grass, koa haole, kiawe, silk oak, and other alien species.

Ala Mahamoe is owned by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources and is found within the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve. Initiated by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the Ala Mahamoe Cultural Forest Project continues as a collaboration with the Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership. Made possible by funding from the State of Hawaii Water Security Advisory Group and the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

How to Get There:
The Ala Mahamoe Cultural Garden and Forest is located on Ala Mahamoe Street in Moanalua.
Approximate address: 1812 Ala Mahamoe Street Honolulu, HI 96819
Park along street and walk in just past the cattle gate to access the worksite.

What to Expect:
We will be removing invasive plants including koa haole and guinea grass, outplant native Hawaiian plants and culturally-useful Polynesian-introduced plants and placing down mulch and weed mat. The area we are working in is typically hot and dry, with high sun exposure. Terrain is uneven in some places and work will be done on easy-to-moderate slopes.

March 9th Work Plan (tentative)
– 8:30am: Meet at Ala Mahamoe gate, all waivers signed and collected
– 8:40am: Introductions, Work Plan, Pass out Tools and Gloves, Safety Briefing
– 9:00 am: Work (rest/snack/water break when needed)
– 11:45am: Walk to Scenic Area up the Road, Watershed Discussion
– 12pm: Walk back to Bottom Gate, Mahalos and done!

What to Wear and Pack:
– SHOES ARE REQUIRED. Remember No Shoes No Work!
– Clothing that can get dirty (long sleeve shirt and pants highly recommended!!)
– Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
– Reusable water bottle(s) and plenty of water (1/2 gallon recommended)
– Snacks and any medications needed
– Rain jacket (in case of inclement weather)
*All tools and gloves will be provided*

Please Note: There are no bathrooms at the site. Participants will need to drive to the nearest bathroom at Moanalua Community Park or in the Mapunapuna area.


Deadline to sign up is March 6th!!
*You must sign-up ahead of time to participate. Drop-ins are not allowed.

Questions? Email: koolaupartnership@gmail.com or call 808-426-8071.

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March 9, 2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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