Under the Ungulate and Erosion control grants from the Department of Aquatics and Hawaii Tourism Authority Natural Resources Program, Kailapa completed the ungulate-proof fence
(mahalo to Koko Lyman and Kaleo Bertelmann for clearing the fence line) and began the native plant propagation project. With the guidance and support of Jen Lawson from the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and the Students of Cornell University, A’alii, Wiliwili, and pili grass seeds were collected, seeded, and transplanted. The seedlings are being cared for within our community to allow them to adapt to the area’s climate conditions. (Mahalo to Mel Kapule, Kaena Peterson, Kealaka’i Knoche, Donna Parker and Maha Kanealii.)
Other native seeds are continually being gathered to meet our goal of planting 2,500 native plants in the fenced-in future community center site. Kailapa will host a few more community workdays to include planting workshops, installing the irrigation lines, and out-planting over the next few months. The plants will not only hold the soil and decrease erosion from high winds and heavy rains, but will also serve as the landscaping for the community center and park.
On June 6, 2014, under the direction of Cody Dwight and his crew from the Kohala Watershed Partnership and volunteers, Kailapa built its first sediment dam. The goal is to trap sediment before it reaches the ocean. With the recent heavy rains, we have all seen the water change color from beautiful clear blue water to brown foamy water with floating debris. We recognize that this dam will have little impact on the large scale, but every bit of difference we can make is worth the effort. We are looking at installing more dams as we move forward with our erosion mitigation projects. We encourage everyone to participate to make that contribution for your community. Help us by planting and adopting that tree in your family’s name and join us as we continue to Malama ‘Aina.