May 2012 celebrates Friends of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu’u Mahoe’s 10 Year Anniversary. The blessing, chant and hula were performed by Gordeene Bailey and her halau Wehiwehi O Leileihua at the anniversary celebration on May 5.
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.
In ten years FOFA has transformed the 60 year old Arboretum from a museum of rare trees to a viable seed resource and plant recovery reserve for Maui’s dry land plant species. The Arboretum has been recognized as a leading Community Garden in all Hawaii with the 2011 Scenic Hawaii Legacy Award and the 2011 Betty Crocker Community Garden Award of Excellence. Friends of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum (FOFA) continues to develop Pu’u Mahoe as a premier conservation and education resource for Maui and of all Hawaii.