Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 the Tree Huggers went back to Mokauea Island to help restore the native plants. They were part of a larger group doing many projects on Mokauea Island that day from various organizations including HPU, New Hope, Farrington High School and UH.
After paddling over to the island, the Mililani Middle School Tree Huggers listened to Auntie Joni and Auntie Kehaulani discuss the history of Mokauea Island.
Then, they planted cuttings around the fishpond from seedlings grown by 7th graders back at the school campus.
The Tree Huggers used the Big Gulp technique, taught to us by Bruce Koebele, author of the book A Native Hawaiian Garden.
After finishing the planting, we took a walk around the island. We couldn't explore the reef because the tide had already come up.
It was a great day and a lot of great work was done by the Tree Huggers. We'll come back soon to take off the cups to look at survival rates of the plants. We hope for 100%!