Island of Maui

Just past ‘Ulupalakua begin lava fields that continue for another twenty or so miles. These seemingly barren flows supported some of Hawai‘i’s richest forests. Once forested regions have been greatly transformed by burning, grazing, and the invasion by non-native plant species. The Auwahi environmental volunteer program, led by Dr. Art Medeiros and the Leeward Haleakalaˉ Watershed Restoration Partnership, has been an important force in not only planting large numbers of native seedlings, but also in generating powerful natural and cultural education. These volunteer trips, held every three weeks, offer a unique opportunity to learn about Hawaiian natural and cultural history and ethnobotany, as well as working to restore Hawaiian forests.

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