‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi offers regularly scheduled volunteer workdays for groups or individuals. Private experiences for school, church, club, or company groups can be arranged at our Service Project sites. Or, individuals can join the Nā Pōhaku Ecology Group (NPEG) at Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine almost any Saturday from noon to five. Once experience is gained in taking care of the wahi pana and its native flora, a regular volunteer becomes a park docent and sets his/her own work schedule.
We realize, that some people—people who certainly share our vision—would prefer to work completely on their own schedule. Since any help towards maintaining the sites is greatly appreciated, it is not our intent to ever discourage these irregular volunteers. But we must point out that both Ulupō Heiau and Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine are part of the Hawai‘i State Parks system and the land is owned by the State of Hawai‘i. Irregular, infrequent "volunteers" are really not vounteering under ‘Ahahui Mālama I Ka Lōkahi, even if they are members of the organization, unless they complete a volunteer's liability waiver form (required by the state annually). We encourage everyone to contact Ka‘imi Scudder (email: email@example.com) if you have not submitted this form this year.
236-1782 or 781-4906.
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Please ho‘omanao and kokua these rules that apply to all persons doing volunteer work at Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine or Ulupō Heiau:
- Submit and keep current your liability waiver form. For escorted groups, this form will be provided on-site at the start of the program.
- Please check in with the AML lead volunter for the area you intend to work in (see more information below; for excorted groups, your leader(s) will greet you on arrival).
- Understand that a machete (or similar scythe-like tool) is NOT a proper tool for doing work in any area of planted natives. If this is your tool of choice, please stay out of native planting areas. Areas of non-natives could possibly benefit from your flailing.
- A weed-wacker is also NOT pono if used in areas of planted natives. However, in some non-native grassy areas, regular mowing is helpful.
- Cut material and pulled weeds are not left in place or tossed to the side. These materials should be bunched and taken to a designated composting pile. There are many such compost and wattle piles scattered about, so carry-distances are not that great.
- Trimming of native plants requires basic knowledge of how to trim woody shrubs and trees. Over-trimming can damage a plant, introduce pathogens, and generally set-back growth. No leaves, green or brown, should be cut off a palm tree (if a brown palm leaf bends down and blocks a trail, this leaf can be removed).
- Branch trimming that results in eye-poking short stems is a safety hazard and a reason that all trimming is to be done with pruning clippers or saws and not with a cutting blade like a machete.
- Endangered plants are present. These species should not be trimmed or damaged without proper consultation (contact Ric).
Who do I contact?—If you are new to working at a native-planting site OR do not understand each of the rules presented above, please discuss with a site leader before beginning work at an AML wahi pana.
At Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine the site is divided into the following nā kuleana ‘āpana: 1) Parking area and into the amphitheater vicinity (contact Kimo); 2) Amphitheater east to the waters edge (contact Ric); 3) amphitheater north to the waters edge (contact Ka‘imi); and 4) Kawainui Marsh ponds (contact Ka‘imi, but do not work in this area alone. And realize the marsh itself is not under State Parks, but controlled by DOFAW, so other restrictions may apply).