Rotarians plant 1,000 trees islandwide
Members of Maui’s nine Rotary clubs teamed up with honorary Rotarian and musician Uncle George Kahumoku Jr. and Food Security Hawaii’s Maui Ohana Gardens to plant 1,000 food-bearing trees as part of the La’au Ha’awi Maui — Gifting Trees for Maui project.
The project began in late November with the planting of 20 fruit trees at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers facility in Wailuku. Since then, the group fulfilled tree planting requests from individual households, nonprofit organizations, private schools, condominiums and churches islandwide.
The project concluded on Feb. 19, with the planting of 20 fruit trees at Ka Hale A Ke Ola’s Lahaina facility.
In addition to planting 1,000 trees, Kahumoku Jr. distributed more than 2,000 saplings to farmers, households and local agencies that support families in need. Maui ‘Ohana Gardens also reached out to community groups to help them plant fruit trees.
“We are so grateful to so many donors on Maui, the Mainland and even from Japan for monetary contributions to this project, which made it possible to purchase many tree saplings,” said La’au Ha’awi Maui — Gifting Trees for Maui Project Coordinator Mariko Higashi. “We look forward to seeing these trees grow and bear fruit so that families, friends and neighbors can share the produce. In addition, these trees help mitigate climate change by sequestering CO2 from the air, so this one project achieves two goals.”