Mālama Maunakea Volunteer Day Scheduled for August 20th

The next Office of Maunakea Management (OMKM) Mālama Maunakea volunteer day will be held on Saturday, August 20.

Mauna Kea from Mauna Loa

Mauna Kea from Mauna Loa

As part of its Mālama Maunakea campaign to protect the resources on the mountain OMKM organizes Saturday volunteer weed pulls to control fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) and other invasive plant species around the Halepōhaku area on Maunakea at the 9,000’ elevation. Every OMKM volunteer weed pull helps to prepare the area for future restoration projects.

Transportation to and from Hilo and lunch for volunteers are provided. Community members coming from other areas of Hawaii Island should contact OMKM to coordinate meeting at Halepōhaku. The Mālama Maunakea volunteer day starts with a project orientation and acclimation to the high elevation.

From 10 am until 12 noon volunteers will pull fireweed in the Halepōhaku area followed by lunch. An interesting lecture on the Maunakea resources completes this fun day on the mountain.

Items to bring:

  • sunglasses, sunscreen, sun protection, light rain gear, warm clothing, hiking boots or good walking shoes.  Long-sleeve shirt and pants, sun-hat, and layer(s) to protect from wind or wet and cool weather are recommended.
  • OMKM will provide: lunch, snacks, transportation, drinking water, gloves for pulling weeds

Families are welcome. These weed pull events are popular community activities so reservations are required.  Space is limited, and sign up is on a first-come first serve basis.  Email omkmvolunteers-grp@hawaii.edu to sign up or contact OMKM Natural Resource Program Manager Fritz Klasner at 808-933-0742.

Log onto malamamaunakea.org for more information.

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