Volunteers celebrate 12-year anniversary of their effort to restore Honokowai Valley

More than 40 volunteers braved rain and muddy conditions Feb. 8 to weed and plant native species in the Honokowai Valley in celebration of Maui Cultural Lands’ 12-year anniversary.

After learning about the valley, volunteers worked to pull invasive weeds from a quarter-acre swath of terraced land, and they planted 30 native seedlings.

MCL’s mission is to restore Honokowai Valley to its former glory-with a focus on native and endemic plants, clearing vegetation to reveal and preserve ancient rock walls, and reconnecting people to the aina.

This event celebrated the organization’s history and its accomplishments over the last 12 years. It also drew attention to the need for continued volunteer support, according to a news release. MCL hosts a community workday in the Honokowai Valley every Saturday. Volunteers meet in the Pu’ukoli’i “Sugar Cane Train” station parking lot at 9 a.m.