Current Watershed Volunteer Opportunities

Waihee Ridge Strawberry Guava Control Trip Saturday 3-7-2015

Aloha mai kakou!

In honor of Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week, we invite you to join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for a Volunteer Stewardship Day on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00am – ~2:00pm.  We will be controlling invasive Strawberry guava and talking story about the importance of a healthy watershed and threats to our native rainforests.  Strawberry guava has been recognized as one of the most invasive weeds in the state, so we appreciate your help!  We will hike about half way up the trail (~1-1.5 miles) for the control work which will involve cutting smaller diameter trees and frilling larger ones.  We will provide all the necessary tools (handsaws and gloves) and will also be using herbicide.  WMMWP staff will mainly be the ones involved in the actual herbicide, although those that feel comfortable are welcome to take part.Spots are limited, so kindly RSVP by Wednesday, March 4 by email at outreach@westmauiwatershed.org or calling us at 808-661-6600.  We look forward to seeing you!  Mahalo!

When:  Saturday, March 7

Time: 9:00am to about 2:00pm

Meeting place: Gravel parking lot just before Camp Maluhia @ Waihe’e Ridge Trail HeadDirections: From Waihe’e town follow Kahekili Hwy (340) west, turn up Maluhia Rd.(across from Mendes Ranch) and go 0.9 mi up. On the right hand side, just before Camp Maluhia, there is a large gravel lot. Meet us there!

What to bring:
Water
Lunch
Comfortable, Sturdy closed-toed footwear
Long sleeved shirt
Rain jacket or poncho
Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, camera
Gloves if you have (we will have many extras)

Auwahi Volunteer Trip December 12th, 2014

Best Group shotAloha no,

Every time we get together on the mountain at Auwahi with good people doing meaningful work is truly a blessing. Some trips though, often for seemingly the most subtle of reasons, are extra special. Our most recent volunteer trip was one of those days.

We want to thank all those who contributed to the success of that weeding and out planting trip. Foremost of these, of course, are the incredible core of Maui volunteers, Alex, Ann, Art, Ben, Bob, Dan, Erica, Greg, Kailie, Keahi, Kiana, Mia, Mike, Robert, Scott, Stuart, Tim, William and Zane. Mahalo loa to you all. A successful planting is like a well-timed relay race and requires the expertise of our special Maui native plant cultivators, specifically, Jonathan and Ethan at Native Nursery, Anna and Don at Ho’olawa Farms, and in the case of our last trip, a very special gift from Martha Vockrodt and Fleming Arboretum of kauila (Alphitonia ponderosa auwahiensis) seedlings which in batches are being returned to their native homes.

 

View from rocky ridge to coastThe magic of forest restoration continues on Friday, December 12th, as we head back to Auwahi forest to do more hana pono probably some weeding, planting and seed collecting. Just so you know we receive about twice as many requests to participate as we have room to accommodate in our four wheel drive vehicles. Toward the aim of filling every seat on every trip, once you are confirmed to come on a trip, if you need to cancel please let us know as soon as possible so we can fill your seat.

Christmas time in the mountains is often cold and wet but when it is clear, it can be startlingly beautiful. So if you are in good shape and want to help out, please grab a jacket and hat and let us know if you can join us. Please reserve your seat by contacting auwahi@yahoo.com.

 

Where: ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store

When: Friday, December 12th, 2014 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN THAT COVER THE ANKLE, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.

Mahalo loa,

Maui Restoration Group

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Waihee Ridge Volunteer Stewardship on 11/18/2014

We invite you to join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for a Volunteer Work Day on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail on Tuesday, November 18 from 9:00am – ~2:00pm.  We will be removing invasive Strawberry guava and talking story about the importance of a healthy watershed and threats to our native rainforests.  Strawberry guava is one of the most invasive weeds in West Maui, so we appreciate your help!  We will hike about half way up the trail (~1-1.5 miles) for the control work which will involve cutting smaller diameter trees and frilling larger ones.  We will provide all the necessary tools (handsaws and gloves) and will also be using herbicide.  WMMWP staff will mainly be the ones involved in the actual herbicide, although those that feel comfortable are welcome to take part.

Spots are limited, so kindly RSVP by Friday, November 14.  We look forward to seeing you!  Mahalo!

When:  Tuesday, November 18PublicTrip_AMW_photouseOK (14)

Time: 9:00am to about 2:00pm

Meeting place: Gravel parking lot just before Camp Maluhia @ Waihe’e Ridge Trail Head

Directions: From Waihe’e town follow Kahekili Hwy(340) west, turn up Maluhia Rd.(across from Mendes Ranch) and go 0.9 mi up. On the right hand side, just before camp Maluhia, there is a large gravel lot. Meet us there!

What to bring:
Water
Lunch
Comfortable, Sturdy closed-toed footwear
Long sleeved shirt
Rain jacket or poncho
Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat
Gloves if you have (we will have many extras)

Make a Difference Day with WMMWP and Malama Maui Nui

Aloha dedicated volunteers,
Ready to roll up your sleeves and get dirty? The West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership is partnering with Malama Maui Nui (formerly known as Community Work Microsoft PowerPoint - Make a Difference Day flyerDay) for Make a Difference Day at Waikapu Cemetery.  On Saturday, October 25 from 8:30am to noon, we will malama the cemetery, clear away the brush, and haul away the rubbish.
Many of you may not know that way back at our beginnings, WMMWP was based in Waikapu.  The area is near and dear to us, so we would be grateful for your kokua in helping us clean it up.  See the flyer for more information.

Because spots are limited, we encourage you to RSVP now by calling us at 661-6600, emailing us at outreach@westmauiwatershed.org, or by contacting Malama Maui Nui at 877-2524.  We look forward to seeing you!

Kohala

A-planting we will go!
 

Let’s Plant a Forest!

We grow ’em; we plant ’em!

KWP has been growing native trees and shrubs of Kohala from seeds that we collect during work days across the mountain since 2009. We just did the math, and an amazing 600 people have planted trees on Kohala, and the total number of trees from volunteers alone is 27,000 trees! That added to the more than 50,000 trees planted by the KWP partners and crew comes to a whopping total of 77,000 trees. WOWEE!

Many of you reading this email had a hand in this inspiring total, and I hope you feel just a little tingle of pride and hope for what we have accomplished together.

So, let’s keep up the good work, and plant some MORE!  Join us this Saturday to keep up the momentum.  We will be heading mauka to the Luahine side of the Koai‘a Corridor, planting four different species (for those of you who need to know. . . it’s koai’a, ‘a’ali’i, māmane & manono). We will work in teams, so there will be a job for everyone, no matter your age or experience!

Let’s meet at The Kohala Center office at 8:30 am, then “vanpool” to the work site. Wear boots or sturdy shoes, and bring along sack lunch, water bottle, and a jacket in case it gets stormy. We provide tools, gloves, plants and snacks. We will finish and be back to town by 3:30 pm.

Please click the button to RSVP by Thursday, 10/9/14. Space is limited, so please reply soon.

E Komo Mai!
Have you seen me?

I’m a furry black caterpillar that was recently released from captivity to help control some nasty weeds in our forests and pastures. My name is Secusio extensa, but my friends call me “fireweed moth” because of my particular food choices. I’m from east Africa, and I was brought to Hawaii more than a decade ago to be tested as a potential biological control for fireweed.

As it turns out, I was a very fussy eater, which is exactly what the scientists were looking for.  I will only eat fireweed and cape ivy, and would rather starve to death than touch any native or beneficial plants. I hope that you will welcome me with fond aloha, and I hope I can help out Melora and her friends by doing what nature designed me to do: eat  invasive plants!

Mahalo to Gunner for the photo!

Count me in!

Auwahi Volunteer Trip 09.20.2014

8-30-14 lunch shot EIVOur next tree planting trip at Auwahi dry forest will be Saturday, September 20, 2014. As always, thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Maui community, our trips are traditionally full so if you would like to come along, please reserve a space as soon as you can. We’d love to see you.

On that Saturday, we will be heading up from our meeting place at ʻUlupalakua Ranch into the mountains to plant native tree and shrub seedlings this time in the southeast corner of the third Auwahi exclosure. At this site, the forest restoration sequence we have developed is a year along now. Ecologically, the area is basically a living laboratory, as native plants ‘reassemble’ themselves in the recovering forest. Fascinating.

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Last month, while much of the rest of Maui was baking in heat, a group of 24 us spent the day planting trees just to the east of next Saturday’s site. The morning skies were clear but by 10 AM we were enveloped in dense mist that became thicker and thicker until it had turned into heavy straight-down rain with no wind. Perfect planting weather. At day’s end, there was a lot of wet gear, big smiles, and questions when the next trip would be.

Days like these are just another reminder of why we all continue to work so hard to further forest restoration at Auwahi. Being in special natural places, working with special people to restore the land can not only accomplish important work but also can create powerful and lasting memories.

20140830_rain and people Ann CamitWhere: ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store

When: Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

If you would like to join us, please reserve your seat by contacting
auwahi@yahoo.com.

Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN THAT COVER THE ANKLE, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.

Mahalo loa,

Maui Restoration Group

Auwahi Volunteer Trip 08.30.2014

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Kohala

KWP Summer Shindig

A Party for ALL of our Peeps!
Saturday Aug. 9th, 8:30-4:30

Let’s celebrate all that we have accomplished this year with your help!

Some of the past year’s highlights:
• Community volunteers donated more than 2,000 hours of service
• We planted thousands of native trees to bring back the forest
• 180 kids from 7 local schools took science field trips to native forest
• We controlled hundreds of acres of invasive weeds
• 29 families participated in Waimea Nature Camp this summer
• Researchers from UH-Hilo collected data to learn more about Kohala Mountain

Summer Shindig: Plan for the Day
8:30-12:30   Native tree planting on Kohala Mountain – everyone is invited!
12:30-3:30   Barbeque, family games, obstacle courses
3:30- 4:30    Presentations by Teen Leaders; volunteer service awards

Registration and participation are FREE. The KWP crew will be grilling up yummy stuffs to eat, and we will provide drinks and snacks, too. If you can, please bring something to throw on the grill or a dish to share!

Just click the button below to go the online registration site. You can register for the morning/ afternoon events, or both.
Easy as 1-2-3 . . . . clicks to RSVP . . . for you and your family!
If the button doesn’t work for some reason, copy and paste this into your browser: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kwp-summer-shindig-registration-12259798387

Questions?  Contact Melora at Coordinator@kohalawatershed.org

Count me in! Click to register.

Auwahi Volunteer Trip 07.19.2014

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A grove of rare native trees is born.

Last month, we headed up on the mountain to plant what many of us considered a treasure, a new batch of olopua fresh from Native Nursery. The olopua seedlings planted by volunteers here at Auwahi over the last few months will likely grow together in the rich, black, rocky loam to become a grove of tall tangled trees over the next century. Good work Maui.

 

 

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An Olopua seedling finds a new home

Olopua (Nestegis sandwicensis) are uncommon to rare trees of mid-elevation leeward forests found only in the Hawaiian Islands. Though primarily known as olopua, the names ulupua and pua have also been recorded.  To early Hawaiians, olopua was most valued for its dense wood and its use as durable handles for one of the most basic and critical tools of the Hawaiian life style, the ko’i (adze).

Used in much the same way as prized kauila wood, the light brown to almost cocoa brown olopua wood was fastened to sharpened stone wedges with ‘aha (cordage usually of olonā or coconut sennit). The stone blades were constructed from high-quality dense blanks, these prized and transported long distances from remote and renowned quarry sites such as those on the high mountains of Mauna Kea and Haleakalā. Made in a variety of sizes and finishing types, ko’i were used by the people of old to fashion everything from 40-50 foot wa’a (canoe) from trees to the mirror smooth ‘umeke lā’au (wooden food bowl).

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Olopua flowers

Our next batch of keiki olopua are ready to be returned to their native lands and we will be heading up to Auwahi again on July 19th to do more good work. Please consider joining us.

Where: ‘Ulupalakua Ranch Store

When: Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

If you would like to join us, please reserve your seat by contacting auwahi@yahoo.com.   Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN THAT COVER THE ANKLE, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.

Mahalo nō for your dedicated support and hard work.

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Kohala

Summer is Here!

Volunteer Days in July and the Summer Shindig in August

The mountain is inviting you this summer – it’s a great time to set aside a Saturday, invite the ‘ohana, neighbors, and friends.  And save the date for our Summer Shindig on August 9th!

Koai’a Corridor

Saturday, July 12, 2014
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

After many successful planting days in the lower part of the Koai’a Corridor, we are now ready with some wet forest plants to revisit the upper corridor, seen in the photo. We will be outplanting manono, pilo and a’ali’i that we have been growing in the nursery, but also experimenting with direct-seeding of common tree seeds as well.

It’s exciting to walk around and see all the native plants that are naturally regenerating here — and to see our keikis that we planted over the past 6 years finally pushing through the grass and taking in the sun. After planting in the morning, we will do a short hike into the native rain forest up mauka.

RSVP for 7/12/14

Kilohana Stream

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Some of the KWP’s veteran volunteers mentioned this amazing place to Melora the other day, asking if we were going to go back.  So — thanks for the reminder — and yes, we are!

This Biodiversity Preserve was the focus of many early volunteer days, and fortunately, all that work has paid off.  We’re pretty sure that VERY few weeds are left inside this 10-acre fenced preserve, but we will do a full sweep of the area, and make sure we liberate any native plants that are being threatened. If you are wanting to see Kohala’s native forest in its most pristine state, join us — and don’t forget your camera!

RSVP for 7/26/14

Save the Date . . . then join us Saturday, August 9th for the KWP Summer Shindig*!

You know how much fun it is to work with the KWP crew,
now it’s time to see how much fun we can have when we PLAY!

What’s in store? An optional short morning of work on the mountain, then an afternoon of fun:
•The Obstacle Course (can you do the mud challenge?),
• Barbecue (no Costco snacks today!),
•”Field Crew Games” (you’ve maybe seen the Lumberjack Games. . .?)
• Presentations by our own Teen Leaders (the inside story on camp, crew, and research)
•Volunteer Service Awards for 50, 100, 200, & 300 hours of service.

* A shindig is a “large, lively party, especially one celebrating something.”