Reforestation In The Making

As a part of our STEAM unit, Papa ʻEkolu is well on their way to learning how they can be a part of the reforestation efforts here in our very own kaiaulu, at Kamehameha Schools, Keaʻau Campus.

Kumu Noe and Uncle Jason visited with us last week and helped the keiki create a plan for planting and caring for their ohiʻa seedlings. Before planting could begin, they first needed to make a decision on what growing mediums would go into each of their planters. Then,the hands-on work began. Hands got dirty as they created mixtures of moss, cinder and perlite to create the perfect home for the precious ohiʻa seedlings. Then came the positive words of encouragement to help the seedlings grow.

With the help of Kumu Noe’s husband, a shade house was constructed right outside our classroom doors. This is where all forty or so seedlings are frequently checked on and cared for by the haumāna. With some sun, rain and love we hope to see our seedlings sprout within the month.

I mohala no ka lehua i ke ke`ekehi `ia e ka ua.

Translation: The Lehua blossom unfolds when the rains tread on it.

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8 Responses to Reforestation In The Making

  1. Kana’i says:

    I hope they grow to reach it’s full potential

  2. Kana’i says:

    This was super fun.

  3. Paliku says:

    Hope they grow

  4. Kahanuola says:

    It’s a really fun game, I learned a lot to.

  5. Kyana says:

    It was so fun I want to plant more plants

  6. Kahanuola says:

    My seadling has one spout.

  7. Kira says:

    It’s smart to try reforesting that way we can learn about trees and we’re helping forests grow.

  8. Jaymie says:

    I hope that everyone’s ‘Ōhi‘a lehua seedlings grow.

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