ULUPA LAKUA– Aolama Chow of Boy Scout Troop 100 of Kula completed his Eagle Project at the D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu‘u Mahoe to earn the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor – the Eagle Scout Award. An Eagle Scout Award requires Scouts to organize, coordinate, and direct a community service project, demonstrating commitment, skill, and leadership. Aolama coordinated a 3 day campout in the Pu‘u Mahoe cinder cone April 7th-9th with Scouts from Troop 100 to accomplish his Eagle project.
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Seabury Seniors Accomplish a Priority Project February 19th, 2016
ULUPALAKUA- On Seabury Hall’s annual Community Work Day, Friday February 19th, 39 high school seniors spread wood chip mulch around the DT Fleming Arboretum’s native trees to control weeds, provide nutrition and help retain moisture. The volunteers divided into 6 teams, each with a Team Leader, to mulch 6 blocks of trees and included an impromptu trail repair for project access.
“I could not have been more impressed by the quality of these young adults, the team work…
taking on the job with enthusiasm, doing their best, then working together to do even better.” stated Martha Vockrodt- Arboretum project manager.
“Compliments go out to the teams and the 5 team leaders: Lauralei Singsank, Jonah Adelman, John Chen, Scout Weymouth and Cody Wendt.”
Ulupalakua-Friends of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu’u Mahoe hosted a 2 night Camping for Volunteers of Troop 14 of Kula August 10 to 12. The weekend was organized and directed by Fletcher Prouty, Eagle Scout and junior at Seabury Hall.The Boy Scouts completed the planned weekend service project – the construction of a 300 foot trail to expand native reforestation within Pu’u Mahoe’s cinder cone.
Educational presentations were held throughout the weekend. Harriet Witt, astronomy instructor, conducted an evening Star Watch teaching about the stars and other navigational tools of the ancient Hawaiians. David Grooms, Professor and assistant Dean of Instruction of University of Hawaii Maui College, gave a geology presentation Sunday morning explaining the cinder cones and lava flows of South Maui. The weekend included a hike to the Hawaiian Rain Alter on Ulupalakua Ranch.
Friends of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu’u Mahoe (FOFA) was created in 2002 to continue the work and vision of David Thomas Fleming: to preserve Maui’s dry land forest plant species for the restoration of watershed and native habitat on the southern slopes of Haleakala. FOFA offers programs in conservation thru education and volunteer opportunities to youth and community groups throughout the year.
The Scouts learn about proper repose and compaction to prevent erosion while building a 300 foot trail to expand native reforestation within Pu’u Mahoe’s cinder cone. David Grooms points out Pu’u Mahoe cinder cone within Maui’s south rift, a fissure from the hot spot under the island of Hawaii. Boy Scout camping includes a carefully lit fire and the traditional evening desert “Someors”- perfectly grilled marshmallows with chocolate inside two graham crackers. L to R- weekend coordinator Fletcher Prouty, RJ Prouty in black and other scouts of Troop 14.
Troop 14 walk their newly completed trail on way to their next project- an afternoon of guinea grass eradication.
FOFA PROJECTS 2010
April 2, 2010
Jean Gagnon is our
super-hero who distributed mulch to half the arboretum.
sits on the remaining of 50 yards of mulch.
Approximately 50 yards/ 800 wheelbarrows of
composted woodchips complete mulching half the Arboretum. Another 50
yard of wood chips will be delivered in the next few months to age for
distribution next year. Mulch helps retain soil moisture, deters weeds,
and becomes a natural fertilizer as it breaks down, simulating a natural
forest. To prevent initial nitrogen depletion, granulated chicken manure
and high nitrogen osmocoat with trace elements was applied first.
Jean Gagnon and assistant Kona
Sixty year old 200 foot fence was
removed from the top trail to expand Arboretum into the newly
fenced acre. Arboretum expansion will create 3 new trails, with
a minimum of 250 native plants and a double row windbreak.
FOFA PROJECTS 2009
Fencing of the entire 17 acre cinder cone is completed
David Moran, Henrik Lyons, Terry
Quisenberry(L to R) and Maggie
JD saved hours by pulling the
old fence and clearing new fence line
David Moran volunteers tractor & time to spread wood chips on steep area of newly cleared fence line maintenance road- to prevent erosion.
Projects paid by individual donations:
Weed and mow Arboretum trails every 2 weeks.
Weed-eat Arboretum blocks once a month.
Herbicides, insecticides, fertilizer expense
Webmaster/ website update postings
Special Arboretum projects not supported by grants
Projects by volunteer professionals:
Parking and fence line maintenance road-tractor mowing
Herbicide- weed control in Arboretum
Selective broadleaf herbicide control at Pu’u Mahoe property [Arboretum not included].
Gypsum & 10-20-20 fertilizer with trace elements distribution annually
Insecticide sprays as needed.
Plant/seed collecting, propagation and distribution
Care of nursery seedlings for winter Arboretum out planting.
Animal Control/eradication efforts
Secretarial work/ news releases
Website updates prepared for webmaster
Projects by volunteer labor:
Haul pruning to compost site
Activities by volunteer management:
Arboretum tours the last Saturday of every month.
Special community and school events as requested.
Volunteer workdays the second Saturday of every month.
Arbor Day booth and community presentations
-2009 Project Focus:
Complete Shed/Lua/Workshop facility
Arboretum sign at entrance arch
Preparing 1 acre Arboretum expansion for out planting
Remove all morning glory and glysine vine from Arboretum
FOFA PROJECTS 2007
2007 Projects Paid For With Individual Donations
Thanks to generous donations by individuals, FOFA has been able to support progressive projects as well
as Arboretum basic maintenance and FOFA’s operating costs.
Linda Pope, FOFA
bookkeeper, professional in
Terry Reim, webmaster and
Cheryl Ambrozic, grant writer
and public relations.
Vince Souci, on summer break
from college, completed mulch
distribution throughout the
Arboretum and irrigation
installation to 250 new
Propagation workshops include the community in preservation of
Hawai`i’s native species by teaching how to air-layer, graft and
make successful cuttings. (Instructors Richard Nakagawa and
Terry Nutt – upper left).
Tissue and soil analysis help direct
Arboretum health. The Alani shows
healthy new growth in response to the
application of gypsum (calcium and sulfur)
throughout the Arboretum.
The Erythrina Gall Wasp was discovered on
Oahu in 2005 and in the Fleming Arboretum
January 2006. Arboretum Wiliwili are injected
every 5 months with Merit, a systemic
insecticide, proving somewhat effective.
The website www.flemingarboretum.org
was created by donations in memory of
Jack Vockrodt, who supported the
Arboretum for 45 years, from 1957 to
2002. Ongoing updates are funded by
individual donations and volunteer time.
With available funding, the Arboretum progresses.
Maggie and Ope explore newly cut trail #5 that will
no longer be difficult for a mower or hikers.
Tai Domen, a certified arborist,
owner of Aliilani Arborcare LLC, in
charge of regular maintenance and
The rare Po`ola (Claoxylon
sandwicensis) propagated by Dr.
Fern Duvall of the Native Hawaiian
Plant Society. FOFA constantly
works to out-plant larger populations
of its rare species to be a
strong seed source for their
Antonio Diaz helps with special
“Thank you for helping Kaunoa Senior Center live its mission to continuously
create special and exceptional experiences and opportunities which will make the
retirement years of the Seniors feel like the best years of their lives.” Lana
Queddeng,Kaunoa Senior Center Activity Director.
Seventy-five Seniors took an
Arboretum Tour in 2007, led by a volunteer tour guide.
Feral pigs are humanely captured alive and removed
to a new location to be domesticated. Pig control is
an ongoing job. Thankfully, due to special pig
fencing, they can not get into the Arboretum.
FOFA PROJECTS 2006
Projects Paid For by Individual Donors
Thanks to generous donations by individuals, FOFA has been able to support progressive projects in 2006, as well as Arboretum basic maintenance. (Click
here for Donors List). The following are some of the projects supported by donations.
Propagation Workshops – April 15, 2006 / July 17, 2006
Annual propagation workshops include the community in preservation of Maui’s dryland species. Airlayering and grafting skills are learned to encourage propagation and distribution of these species. The endangered Hibiscus hannerae and the most fragrant Hibiscus waimeae are propagated to be outplanted within the community. Propagation workshops fulfill FOFA’s mission of preservation through protection, propagation and distribution.
FOFA’s propagation workshops included students from 2006 Maui Master Gardeners, Nature Conservancy, Maui Nui Gardens and Haleakala National Park.
Hog wire aprons were installed along lower trail of Arboretum to keep out baby pigs. Fencing was installed by Terry Quisenberry and Henrick Lyons (Maggie Moran stand-in).
Humane Pig Trap
A pig trap has been loaned by Tyler Thompson of Ululpalakua. Every 3 days the trap is checked and baited with avocadoes. Since January 2006, 15 pigs have been humanely captured to be raised for Imu (Hawaiian barbecue). A sow and 3 piglets are caught in the trap above.
Mulch distribution is an ongoing job, redressing trees, expanding their mulch circumfrence and top-dressing new outplantings with the rich compost. Mulch and initial distribution was financed by grants. Ongoing distribution is paid for by individual donations. Francisco and Antonio Daiz distribute the rich mulch throughout the Arboretum.
Native Specimens Collected for Outplanting in 2007
FOFA constantly works on acquiring new Auwahi species and greater populations of existing species for outplanting into the Arboretum. Our goal: for the Arboretum to be a strong seed bank for native dryland restoration efforts.
‘Ie’ie (Freycinetia arborea) propagated by Noah Judson in Orchids of Olinda nusery.
Martha Moran waters plants in the nursery, which is constantly expanding in preparation for a major outplanting in 2007.
Preservation of the Wiliwili
Evidence of the Erythrina Gall Wasp was discovered in the Fleming Arboretum. In January, 2006, Anna Palomino immediately responded at FOFA’s request to inject the trees with Merit, a systemic insceticide. Anna has been contracted to provide this service to the Arboretum every 5 months. Above, Anna uses a special kit to inject the trees.
Seed and Plant Distribution
FOFA constantly works on seed distribution for reforestation projects and public & private outplantings.
David Orr and friend Louise show off the young Alani from the Fleming Arboretum that will be outplanted in Waimea Arboretum on Oahu, enhancing their collection of native species.
Certified Arborist Tree Care
Tai Domen of Ali’ilani Arborcare provides tree care for Arboretum health. Tai is a Maui boy raised in Kaupo by well-known parents
and owners of Kaupo Ranch Store, Linda and Manny Domen. Tai became a “Certified Arborist” in San Diego, CA. Maui
is fortunate to have his quality of work.