Tree planting initiative enlists help from Maui community

Members from a number of Rotary Clubs on Maui recently met at the farm of Uncle George Kahumoku, Jr. (far left) to plant tree seedlings in preparation for the La‘au Ha‘awi Maui project — The Gifting Tree initiative. The two-month effort kicks off Nov. 28.

The nine Rotary Clubs of Maui in conjunction with Ohana Gardens/Food Security Hawai’i and Uncle George Kahumoku, Jr. are ready to launch the “La’au Ha’awi Maui” project — “Gifting Trees for Maui.”

Rotary Club members, together with ‘Ohana Gardens and Food Security Hawaii staff, will come to households and community locations to help plant the food-bearing trees between Nov. 28 and the end of January 2021.

Food Security Hawai’i believes that the solution to island-wide food security and global climate change are one in the same — creating carbon rich fertile soils for local food production.

The goal is to plant 500 trees during this initiative to support these efforts.

These parties are reaching out to the Maui Community for the following needs to accomplish this initiative:

• Donate fruit bearing saplings that are at least 12 inches high that can be replanted into pots for transport. The parties will arrange to pick up the trees and store them until ready to plant.

• Property owners can agree to have 2-5 fruit-bearing trees planted. The parties can make arrangements to bring the trees, the materials and the volunteers to install, mulch and fence the trees. The homeowner’s commitment will be to maintain and care for the trees after planting. Ohana Gardens can assist with details of proper care and maintenance.

• Volunteer to help plant trees starting on Nov. 28.

• Any donation of funds will be accepted to support the costs of this project. All donations are tax-deductible.

• Gift a tree or number of trees. Donate $50 per tree and the parties will send a holiday gift letter to the recipient(s).

For more information or to participate, contact Mariko Higashi at marikoinmaui@gmail.com.


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