Outplanting Native Hawaiian Dryland Forest Ecosystem Plants

USFWS Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is known for its native Hawaiian Stilt and Coot nesting habitat. But there are areas of the refuge unseen by the public eye that are being restored to a Hawaiian dryland forest ecosystem, one of the most rare systems in the world. Our objective is to plant species that were once found in this area and to replace the previously establish, and invasive, Kiawe forests. The area was previously burned in 2019 by a brush fire that tore across the valley towards Kīhei, narrowly missing our visitor center. The fire was a blessing in disguise as it gave us the opportunity to remove the Kiawe, replant our native species, and reintroduce an almost extinct ecosystem. Come join us in this unique opportunity!

Important Gear

  • close toed shoes
  • long pants
  • sunscreen (if you have a personal preference, but it is provided otherwise)
  • water

The area is slightly rugged as we are required to walk over mulched Kiawe. The fields of this mulch often times still have the long thorns of the Kiawe tree still in them and can cause harm if not properly equipped.

Please arrive on time or call ahead.

Thu 6/20/2024 9am-12pm
Thu 6/20/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 6/27/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 7/4/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 7/11/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 7/18/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 7/25/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 8/1/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 8/8/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 8/15/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 8/22/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 8/29/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 9/5/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 9/12/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 9/19/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 9/26/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 10/3/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 10/10/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 10/17/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 10/24/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 10/31/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 11/7/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 11/14/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 11/21/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 11/28/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 12/5/2024 9am-12pm, Thu 12/12/2024 9am-12pm
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