A small group of us huddled in a pick up truck and made our way up to Kaʻohe earlier this year. One mission: to plant some natives in the dry forest reserve. We didn't know much about each other at the time, but hiked on with one shared belief: Aloha ʻĀina is our religion.
We sat there, surrounded by bright Māmane blossoms, beautiful ʻĀweoweo tickling our noses - it smells like fish - check here for more - and the graceful and dainty flowers of ʻŪlei with it's surprising and pleasant aroma.
After getting a little dirt under our nails and planting several hundred ʻIliahi babies, we gathered under the forest and listened to native flies, bees, and wasps buzzing about. I thought to myself, this is what aloha ʻāina is all about.
If you are interested in participating in out-planting and reforestation, please volunteer with the Mauna Kea Forest Reforestation Project here. Mahalo to Jackson Bauer for the amazing experience.
Also, please watch this video to learn more about military activity on the mountain. There was bombing shakes and rattles the entire day, every 20 minutes. That is for another blog post all together. For now, I will leave you with that. Mahalo.
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