Friday, September 28, 2012

Next Field Trip October 20th!

On Oct 20, 2012 we will be doing habitat restoration at Pouhala Marsh. Please attend a brief meeting in G202 after school on October 4, 2012 to get permission forms.

This should be an exciting event! Thanks to Mililani High School Science Learning Center for providing us with bus transportation to the site. We'll be meeting at Mililani High School Gym parking lot for drop-off and pick-up.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Beach Clean-up Saturday September 15th -- Hui Malama o Mililani

Tree Huggers! The MMS-side of the International Coastal Clean-up is not going to be possible due to teacher availability. However, Mrs. Sandy Webb of Hui Malama o Mililani at the high school has invited any interested tree huggers to join their group at Ali'i beach on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
Mrs. Webb says: interested kids/parents can check in with us by our gathering to the west side of the two story brown building - we have a plan green pop-up shelter.

Please see below for details:

Join us for the annual “Get the Drift and Bag It”

BEACH CLEAN UP & Data Collection!

Saturday, Sept. 15th


Ali`i Beach Park
Sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy and The Kokua Foundation

The Plan
. 8am SHARP – meet at the gym parking lot to
catch our buses
. 8:450am – 9:15 orientation/safety/get
. 9:15am-11:00am clean the beach
. 11:00am-noon lunch, weigh in and prizes
. Noon-1:30pm – swim (by the lifeguard tower
only), relax, enjoy
. 1:30 return on buses to school

What to Bring/Wear
. Bring rubber or work gloves
. Wear MHS dress code shorts/t-shirts/tank tops
(swim suit underneath?)
. Bring sunscreen, hat, towel, dry clothes
. AT LEAST 1 liter of water
. Sack lunch
. Pencil
. Inhaler if you have asthma!

Transportation - If you are not riding the bus of have to leave early – read here:

. If you want your parents to pick you up from the beach clean up you must:

1) sign out at our lunch/first aid station with a parent and

2) work at the Ali`i Beach Park site

Our next official Tree Huggers event will be in October. Please be on the look out for meeting signs in the various school buildings.

Have a great break Yellow Track!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Wai'anae kai hike and service project

Saturday September 1, 2012 marked the kickoff of Tree Huggers year two. With a fresh and large group we headed to the Wai'anae kai forest reserve with the Wai'anae Mountains Watershed Partnership folks, Uncles Paul and Caleb and Auntie Mikayla.

The goals of the trip were to do weed control, particularly of strawberry guava in a cultural restoration site, and to collect seeds of native plants that would be grown at our school's shade house and then be out-planted back into the forest. The plants we would grow could be harvested by hula halau and la'au lapa'au practitioners.

As we hiked into the forest area, the cloud cover and light drizzle helped to keep us all cool.

The tree huggers worked incredibly hard at the strawberry guava (Psidium cattleianum) removal that we did not have much time to hike further and do seed collection.

Instead, we stayed near the restoration site and picked Papala kepau (Pisonia sp.). The fruits of this plant are sticky and were used for harvesting feathers from birds for capes and other feather-decorated objects. Pisonia is a genus with two endemic and three indigenous species in Hawai'i, having an Autral, Indo-Pacific origin. The seeds most likely originally arrived in the islands stuck to the feathers of birds.

Next time we will have to focus on getting further up to the trail to collect more seeds to propagate. However, the trip was very successful and the students doubled the pile of strawberry guava that had been cut by a previous group.

Thanks to all the new and returning tree huggers as well as all the parents who came out to support us! It was awesome to see parents and students working together to accomplish the task! Working with the Mililani High School group (Hui Malama o Mililani) was also great! Thanks to all that came out. Your energy and excitement were inspiring.

See you next trip tree huggers!