KIRC announces workday at Kihei acreage

The first community work- day for the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission’s future information center, boathouse and native Hawaiian plant nursery in Kihei, will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers will clear invasive brush and grass from the property.

To reach the event area, enter the Kihei boat ramp parking lot and follow the KIRC signage.

Closed-toe shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts are recommended. Volunteers are also advised to bring gloves, water bottles, sun protection and snacks.

This 8.261-acre property is the new focal point for a series of grants received through the Hawaii Community Foundation, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Atherton Family Foundation, and Alu Like Inc.’s Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program. Over the course of the next two years, KIRC will collaborate with its committed partners and volunteer base to develop a native plant nursery, traditional hale, walking trail with native plants and interpretive educational signage, and a series of educational programs for the public.

Ultimately, these projects will set the stage for the development of a Kaho’olawe cultural center on the Kihei property.