October 12 to 14, 2018- GIRL SCOUTS VOLUNTEERS
Ulupalakua- Despite Flash Flood warnings over all Maui the weekend of Oct 12, the Girl Scouts of Troop 770, 772 and 923 kept their plans for a 2 night campout at Pu‘u Mahoe. They were rewarded with a “ puka of blue above Pu‘u Mahoe”, reported campers, while most of Leeward Haleakala- Kula to Kanaio rained. The weekend included volunteer service projects in the DT Fleming Arboretum. a badge award ceremony, badge projects and games.Forty girls, with their families, hauled prunings and planted 60 native trees and understory, reforesting a newly cleared area in the DT Fleming Arboretum. The Fleming Arboretum welcomes community group partnerships in the preservation of some of Maui’s rarest species and the restoration of South Maui’s native forests.
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Volunteer Work Day December 22, 2017
“Maui Green & Beautiful Volunteer Work day”
The Native Hawaiian Plant Society is coordinating a volunteer work day at the Fleming Arboretum in Ulupalakua Saturday Sept 9, 2017
ST JUDE Sept 23 2017 MN pre-event
Eagle Scout Celebration at the Fleming Arboretum
Fleming Arboretum Workday Saturday May 20 was organized by Maui Green & Beautiful
May 13, 2017- Maui Sierra Club Volunteer Work Day at DT Fleming Arboretum, Puu Mahoe
Fleming Arboretum Partners with the Community
EAGLE PROJECT AT PU‘U MAHOE COMPLETED
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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Sheraton Maui Adopts a Forest
Ulupalakua- Saturday, October 15, Sheraton Maui and Wailea Beach Marriott volunteers cleared fallen trees in the Fleming Arboretum opening up trails and clearing for new plantings in their adopted forest. Volunteers will plant their forest, returning seasonally to weed, fertilize, add new plants and apply mulch, replacing non-native plants with a complete cover of upper, middle, lower story native forest.
The Work Day was organized by Jack Stone cultural advisor for Sheraton Maui in charge of the resort’s cultural programs, and activities for guests and employees. Stone shared Hawaiian culture and music. Sheraton Maui caterers provided a generous lunch.
Arboretum Volunteer programs involve the community in preservation and restoration of Hawaii’s most valuable resource: the native forest with understory plants cooling the soil with shade, holding moisture, attracting and regenerating rain for the sustainability of life on a volcanic island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
–Open the Maui News Press Release here: Sheraton
The Fleming Arboretum, planted in 1950, is the first native forestation project in all Hawaii recognizing David T Fleming as Hawaii’s leader in conservation.
May 21, 2016
Sierra Club joins Arboretum’s Adopt a Forest Program
Fleming Arboretum teaches Adopt Forest participants proper planting and mulching techniques. Here Sierra Club Volunteer Terez Amato demonstrates “the stick method” to gauge proper depth of planting. Gabrielle shows that the plant hole needs to be dug deeper to for soil level in pot to match the natural ground level.
Ulupalakua- On Saturday, May 21 Sierra Club volunteers adopted a section of the Fleming Arboretum, planting 50 native seedlings of 5 species within the 17 acre Pu’u Mahoe cinder cone. Sierra Club foresters will return seasonally to weed, fertilize, add new plants and apply mulch, replacing non-native plants with a complete cover of upper, middle, lower story native forest.
The D.T. Fleming Arboretum in Ulupalakua offers the community groups an opportunity to “Adopt a Forest”. The reforestation program supports community participation in the Fleming Arboretum’s mission to preserve Hawaiian native plants, forests and wildlife habitat. The program actively involves youth, school, church and community groups in conservation projects learning to care for native plants. For more about the Fleming Arboretum visit www.flemingarboretum.org
Nov 29, 2015
Ulupalakua – Members of Kaneloa, directed by Dustin Palos (left image in center), volunteer at the DT Fleming Arboretum at Pu’u Mahoe on Thanksgiving weekend for “a day filled with ike (learning), culture, history, food and fun”. Volunteers cleared weeds around native trees and fertilized with chicken pellets.
On Sunday, December 6, Kaneloa members will clear for planting their newly “Adopted Forest”. The Arboretum created the program “Adopt a Forest” to actively involve the community in Puu Mahoe’s native forest restoration. Kaneloa plans return visits to care for and expand their forest area.
The Fleming Arboretum and Kaneloa share parallel missions to teach and empower the local community to become future leaders through cultural, scientific, and hands-on `ike caring for the aina (land).
The Fleming Arboretum and Kaneloa promote youth and community groups volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Visit Kaneloa.org to learn more about both organizations.
Many Mahalos to Arboretum Volunteers
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Native Hawaiian Plant Society Volunteer at Fleming Arboretum
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In 2009, Rodney Calasa volunteered
weekly “animal control” services to eradicate feral pigs and
deer at Pu’u Mahoe. A total of 21 animals were eradicated
humanely in 2009 with a high powered rifle and skilled
The deer meat was smoked for popular
deer jerky, and pig used for imu- a Hawaiian style ground
oven lined with hot rocks and ti leaves. Fresh organic meat
fed family and friends during poor economic times, while
Pu’u Mahoe was spared further damage.
November 7 , 2009
Volunteers- Arbor Day 09
FOFA 2007 Volunteer of the Year Award goes to … Ernest Rezents. Ernest, a registered consulting horticulturist, has generously donated his time regularly for the last five years, contributing to the health of the Fleming Arboretum.
Volunteer September 9th, 2007
NHPS Service Trip to
In October 2009 NHPS volunteers participated in a service trip to the D.T. Fleming Arboretum in Ulupalakua, Hawai’i’s oldest and largest native arboretum. A seven-acre enclosure located in the 17 acre Pu’u Mahoe cinder cone on Haleakala’s southern slope, the Arboretum is home to over 120 species of native Hawaiian plants.
On a Saturday morning, NHPS volunteers applied compost and mulched, collected seed, hauled prunings, and helped clear away invasive glycine vine, Kikuyu grass and morning glory from native plants.
The Arboretum is overseen by the Friends of D.T. Fleming Arboretum (FOFA), a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving and upgrading the Arboretum. FOFA recently obtained a four year grant from the USDA for projects which will include completing a pig fence to protect the whole 17 acre cinder cone, planting 795 feet of double-row windbreak trees along two windward edges of the cinder cone, planting 250 native plants in a new expanded acre of the Arboretum, improving the access road, mulching and controlling invasive weeds.
Martha Vockrodt-Moran, FOFA President says the ultimate goal is to restore the native forest of Pu’u Mahoe, a home for native wildlife. “We work to constantly progress the Fleming Arboretum as a valuable seed resource for conservation and a plant recovery reserve for Maui’s rare dryland species. The increasing importance of the Arboretum will assure its preservation, strong for the future. An Arboretum for Hawai’i, especially exciting is involving the community in our proud work.”
FOFA recently completed the construction of a Shed/ Lua/ Workshop facility to increase and broaden educational programs at Pu’u
FOFA’s mission is “preservation thru protection, propagation and distribution”. FOFA distributes seed to public and private restoration groups for out planting. Home to one of Hawai’i’s rarest trees, the Maui Alani (Melicope knudsenii), FOFA has distributed 39 Arboretum seedlings which have been out-planted into the Auwahi Forest, the State Natural Area Reserve and in the Arboretum. Waimea Arboretum on Oahu, Amt Greenwell on the Big Island and the NTBG on Kauai also have seedlings.
NHPS supports the efforts of organizations such as FOFA in preserving and nurturing the native habitat of Hawai’i.
NHPS members had a great time volunteering at Fleming Arboretum. Of course, the wonderful lunch served by Martha after work
Contact Irene Newhouse at  879-2252 for more information.Click here for Accomplishments of the Workday
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2008 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO: STEPHANIE SEIDMAN
Volunteer March 2008
Click Here to read accomplishments of the work day
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Volunteer of the Year Award 2003 Anna Palomino
Anna was recognized for her contributions to the Fleming Arboretum.
Click Here to Read about her at Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine