KWP volunteers really Made a Difference!

What a great day we had last Saturday!  It was the national “Make a Difference Day”, and we certainly did make a difference.  On Friday, 21 students and teachers from Parker School came out to help.  We cleared a whole bunch of invasive lantana in the gulch and then prepared planting sites for the following day.  On Saturday, we had a huge crowd of 50 people, including students from Waimea Middle, UH-Hilo, and HCC, as well as our stalwart Starbucks volunteers!

We planted about 150 koaia trees and 250 a’ali’i shrubs along the stream, and cleared much more lantana.  We also added steps and water bars to places where the trail is eroding significantly.

It was a truly terrific weekend of service.  Two local papers covered the event.  Links below:

North Hawaii News:  http://northhawaiinews.com/news/making-make-a-difference-day-count.html

West Hawaii Today: http://westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/restoring-kohala.html