Trees near Pukalani junction of Haleakala Highway will be the focus of work day

The Maui Outdoor Circle invites anyone interested in the welfare of Maui’s trees to a work day near the Pukalani junction of Haleakala Highway on Saturday.

Work, to begin at 9 a.m., will include light pruning and clearing vegetation from the base of the trees planted on the downhill lane.

The 20 trees were first planted in 2009. Due to harsh conditions, their growth has not been optimal. Elaine Malina, president of MOC, emphasized the need for ongoing tree care. “It is easy to inspire tree-planting by volunteers, but there is more needed to nurture the urban forest.”

Members of the Kihei Community Association Street Tree committee are joining forces with MOC.

“Our members are gladly helping because they know the welfare of trees anywhere on the island impacts the quality of life for all Mauians,” said Mike Moran, past chairman of the KCA Street Tree committee and newly-elected president of KCA.

For more information, call Malina at 879-9169.