Hānai Āina Workdays
Thursday, February 3rd, from 9am to 3pm – Invasive Species Removal
Sunday, February 6th, from 9am to 3pm – Invasive Species Removal
Thursday, February 17th, from 9am to 3pm – Forest Restoration (Please RSVP no later than Thursday, February 10th)
Saturday, February 19th, from 9am to 3pm – Forest Restoration (Please RSVP no later than Saturday, February 12th)
We are trying out a new schedule where the first two dates are set as invasive species removal days in the main valley and the last two dates are forest restoration days up on Kalāhe‘e ridge; weather and access are pending.
(**This will be a special Make A Difference Day conservation workday, so all participants will be entered into a raffle with great prizes like native plants and an annual family pass to Waimea valley)
Our typical schedule is to have the Thursdays as invasive species removal days in the main valley and the weekends as forest restoration days up on Kalāhe‘e ridge; weather and access pending.
**Please specify which date you plan on volunteering when you send your RSVP**
*** Please remember that when you RSVP, you are committing to the entire time specified above. We do not have enough staff to hike down early with volunteers and expect you to arrive on time.***
Meet at Waimea Valley Botanical Office at 9 am we suggest arriving at Waimea at 8:30 to give ample preparation time for the hike.
On the weekends, we will be hiking up onto Kalahe`e Ridge to plant native species and remove invasive weeds. (Except for Sunday the 9th)
On Thursdays, we will be hiking to various target locations in the valley to remove invasive species and restore habitats.
We are looking for a maximum of 20 people for each date (ages 12 and up). **This number might change depending on the state mandates and safety measures. I will inform volunteers of any changes.
Please call or RSVP as soon as you can commit to the date(s).
What to bring:
Water (at least 2 liters) (REQUIRED)
Insect repellent (just for the hike or ride up)
Close-toed Shoes (REQUIRED)
A face mask (Required throughout the workday especially for the morning meetup, in all public areas in Waimea, and especially in any situation where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between participants who are not from the same household) ( We prefer that masks only be removed to eat, drink or catch your breath. When you do remove the mask you must move 6ft away from everyone else to do that and when you are done, immediately put the mask back on.
Hand sanitizer or wipes, I will have some available.
A Positive Attitude!
** We will provide tools**
Kalahe`e Ridge (upper Valley)--- It is a moderate hike up to the site about 45 minutes. On some occasions, there is a truck that will carry some people, tools, plants, and equipment, but it is not there every time so don’t count on it. You need to be capable of hiking up and down unassisted.
Gardens (lower valley) – The trail is easy to moderate and we can usually get to our target locations in 20-30 minutes, but you still need to be capable of hiking out and back unassisted.
** There is very little shade on the ridge and it can get quite hot!!** **There are also a lot of mosquitos in the valley, be prepared**