Arbor Day—what a great excuse to get your hands a little dirty. We had the honor of participating in some wonderful festivities on Maui this past Saturday, November 5. First, staff and volunteers were on hand at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens for their annual native tree giveaway. Hundreds of folks turn out to this event every year to learn more about native fauna and which are best acclimated for their yards. We hope that everyone who attended has planted their free tree by now.
Another fabulous community gathering was hosted by Skyline EcoAdventures at their Haleakala zip line location. In celebration of Arbor Day and the Plant-A-Wish finale, the zip line company hosted four Maui youth groups in an ambitious endeavor to plant 1000 native trees. Mayor and Mrs. Arakawa were on hand to help Plant-A-Wish, a nationwide tree planting tour, sow their official final tree of the tour, a robust native ohia perfectly suited to the area's misty slope. As apparent to all in attendance, Maui has one hard-working Mayor! He dug in with no delay. Skyline EcoAdventures celebrated all week by offering benefit zip line tours, which raised over $8,000 for local charities, HILT included. On Saturday, Hui Malama Learning Center, Hawaiian Canoe Club's Kamalii Program, and a local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troop provided a small youth army to force the mass planting, which was led by Native Nursery. Hats off to Skyline EcoAdventures for hosting an amazing celebration that not only helped restore the native forests of Haleakala, but also helped local nonprofits flourish and got over 60 Maui youth actively engaged in the spirit of Arbor Day.
And congratulations to Sara Tekula and Joe Imhoff of Plant-A-Wish on the accomplishment of their 50 state native tree planting. Way to grow!
See more event photos here.