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8/10/19 Waiheʻe Valley Volunteer Workday and BWS Waiheʻe Tunnel Tour
August 10 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 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.
Approximate Address: 47 Waihee Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744
What to Expect:
We will use hand-held cutting tools to manually remove invasive species, as well as spread mulch and outplant native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants to the site. The work area is mostly forested with some exposed areas and a nearby stream. Please be prepared to get dirty on this trip! At the end of the workday, Board of Water Supply will do a special tour inside of the Waiheʻe Tunnel.
August 10th Work Plan (tentative):
8:30 – 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 and safety briefing, pass out tools and start removing weeds
11:45 – Wrap up work
12:00 – Board of Water Supply will lead Waiheʻe Tunnel tour
1:00 – 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***
Waiheʻe Tunnel Tour
– It is recommended to bring two pairs of footwear, one pair for the workday and one pair for the tunnel tour. The 1,500 ft. tunnel walk (each way) will be through 1-2 inches of cold water the entire way. Regarding the tunnel tour, anything from rubber boots, rubber slippers, reef walkers, tabis, crocs-type sandals, or an old pair of shoes are fine. Absolutely no bare feet an any time.
– Small personal flashlight or headlamp for tunnel tour (BWS will supply small flashlights, but participants are encouraged to bring their own)
– Towel to dry off after
– Change of clothes (optional)
***Bagged personal items can be stored in BWS or KMWP vehicles if they are not taken into the tunnel. Items taken into the tunnel may get wet. KMWP and BWS are not responsible for any damage, theft, etc. of participant belongings***
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.
Deadline to sign up is August 7th!!
*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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