Volunteer Days at Mahukona

by | Apr 24, 2024 | Featured, Heritage, Preservation, Volunteering

Since closing on the recent acquisition of Mahukona Navigational & Ecological Complex, 642 acres on the North Kohala Coast of Hawai’i Island, the Hawaii Land Trust has been busy getting the first phase of restoration work underway.

Hawai’i Pacific Brokers, along with other community groups, individuals, and organizations that support the on going ecological and educational restoration of the newest HILT preserve, met at Mahukona recently to hear from Scott Fisher, PHD, Director of A’ina Stewardship, about the restoration plans.

hula halau o manaʻolana o kohala at hale papaʻi photo by hilt

Hula Halau O Manaʻolana O Kohala at Hale Papaʻi Photo by HILT

As fire is the number one concern for this endangered Dryland Forest ecosystem, having water available is key. An existing well on the property will be refurbished with a new pump and underground pipe repairs. Small test sites for reintroducing native species to the area, such as Sandalwood and Wiliwili trees, is underway, as well as, the clearing of invasive plants and trees, including non-native grasses and Kiawe.

iliahi aloʻe coastal sandalwood at mahukona photo by hilt

Iliahi Aloʻe coastal sandalwood at Mahukona Photo by HILT

This is a long-term project that will require good planning, on-going financial support, and many volunteer hands. If this is something that you would like to be involved in, as a full or part-time resident, or visitor, please contact Keone Emeliano, Steward & Educator at HILT.

Volunteer Days are the 3rd Sunday of each month (next one is May 19th) from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. It’s a small commitment for a big cause and we hope to see you there!

mahukona coastline facing mauka photo by shibby stylee

Mahukona coastline facing mauka – photo by Shibby Stylee