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Eagle project completed at Fleming Arboretum

Sawyer Glass (from left), Noah Kalehuwahe and Kaumaka Roback pound in steel pipe to hold trail supports in place while Shion Ward oversees.

Shion Ward of Boy Scout Troop 100 of Kula completed his Eagle project at the D.T. Fleming Arboretum in Ulupalakua to earn the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor — the Eagle Scout Award.

Ward, a senior at Seabury Hall and son of Ben and Hiroko Ward, planned, organized and directed his Eagle project, the reconstruction of a switchback trail in the arboretum.

After a documented 18 hours of planning, he coordinated a weekend campout Oct. 19 with 20 Scouts and Cubs from Troop 100 to accomplish his Eagle project.

The project involved removing old collapsing reinforcements and installing new, 7-foot eucalyptus support posts held in place by 3-foot steel pipe on a steep switchback, including the widening of 50 feet of connecting trail.

Project supplies were funded by individual donors of the arboretum. Posts were supplied by South Pacific Lumber of Ulupalakua.

An Eagle Scout Award requires Scouts to plan, organize and direct a community service project demonstrating commitment, skill and leadership. To become an Eagle Scout is a commitment for life to be a mentor and leader for the community.