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Hunt’s Kalaeloa Town Hosts First Event: Tree-Planting Workshop and Education Day

June 20, 2024

In partnership with the area’s Mālama Learning Center and Ulu A‘e Learning Center, Hunt recently led over 100 people who journeyed into Kalaeloa Town to learn about native Hawaiian trees and “canoe” plants, as well as the impact of invasive species.

The interactive workshop – the first event hosted by Hunt’s Kalaeloa Town – provided an educational, hands-on experience on the grounds of Ulu A‘e Learning Center. Many attendees were multigenerational families, with grandchildren learning right alongside their elders.

Other local organizations helped create a festive atmosphere with their own educational activities and displays. The nonprofit Trees for Honolulu’s Future shared the importance of trees in our communities with the keiki, while Kalaeloa’s own DreamHouse Charter School hosted a plant mākeke (market).

The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response Team – a partnership of the University of Hawai‘i, the U.S. and Hawai‘i Departments of Agriculture and other organizations – proved very popular with its displays of the destructive, invasive insect safely preserved in glass jars. And Mālama Learning Center had an interactive learning activity about native plants and their seeds. The event also featured plant and other prize giveaways.

Families that attended learned to make their own chili pepper water, plant ‘ulu (breadfruit) and dwarf coconut trees, and appreciate the benefits of trees in our communities. Attendees and organizers report that it was a fun day of enrichment. Stay tuned for more family-friendly Kalaeloa Town events in the coming months!

Hunt’s Kalaeloa Town Hosts First Event: Tree-Planting Workshop and Education Day