Published: Apr 18, 2017
In an effort to counteract the damage climate change has wrought on Hawaii’s native lands and species, RevoluSun continues to team up with 20 for the Next 20 to give back to the community. COO Colin Yost, along with other Oahu business men and women, gathered at Hamakua Marsh, a wetland and bird sanctuary where rare native and endangered species, like the alae ula, now flourish.
Although 20 for the Next 20 is still a young initiative, Yost, who initiated the community project at Hamakua Marsh, says the program “inspires action.” Having only participated in community work for the past 2 years, their efforts in the Hamakua area has already proven beneficial to the wetlands and contributed to the regrowth of endangered wildlife and native Hawaiian plants.
Prior to the group’s efforts in the wetland, Yost prepared the plot in December, planting trees and shrubs sourced from a local native plant nursery. Plants must be used from Hawaii otherwise foreign bacteria could infect the soil, undermining the reforestation efforts. For this project, 20 for the Next 20 partnered with Lisa Marten and Healthy Climate Communities, who was worked with Division of Forestry and Wildlife on reforestation initiatives.
Joining Yost on January 15, the 20 for the Next 20 team worked to help the wetlands in their continual growth by replacing aggressive plants with native milo and hala trees. They weeded and mulched the plot before planting native Hawaiian plants, using donated cardboard boxes as a cost-effective weed barrier.
The highlight of the day, however, came when Austin Kino, an apprentice navigator, planted a milo tree in honor of the Hokulea, a famous voyaging canoe. Kino sailed in the first leg of the Hokulea’s worldwide voyage led by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and will join his crew again for the remaining journey back to Tahiti. With a Hawaiian oli chant that encourages growth, Kino dedicated the small sapling alongside a small sign with the day’s date and a written dedication.
Alongside the 20 for the Next 20 plot of reforested land are additional plots adopted by other do-good organizations. RevoluSun is proud to announce its plan to adopt a plot of their own to participate in the effort, in hopes that the rest of the business community will also participate. Yost plans to continue fundraising for the Hamakua marsh encouraging the reforestation project.
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