On Saturday, November 16, 2013, the Tree Huggers visited Ahua Reef on Hickam. Ahua Reef is very near the reef runway so we could see and hear airplanes landing the entire time.They got up close and personal with the invasive coastal plant pickleweed and the creatures living among it in the sand. Some students even found some scorpions and were brave enough to hold them...using gloves of course!
After clearing pickleweed from a designated area students planted 70 native plants from three species, 'Ilima (Sida fallax), Naupaka kahakai (Scaevola sericea), and Naio (Myoporum sandwicense).
The trip was a unique experience and hopefully next time any of the huggers fly over Ahua Reef in a plane they can look down and tell their parents "Look at that native plant...I planted it"
Good job Tree Huggers!