Sheraton Maui Adopts a Forest

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Hotel volunteers cleared fallen trees in the Fleming Arboretum opening up trails and clearing for new plantings. Kyuin Yi (left in the red) and Nicha Attawut (right in the blue).
Hotel volunteers cleared fallen trees in the Fleming Arboretum opening up trails and clearing for new plantings. Kyuin Yi (left in the red) and Nicha Attawut (right in the blue).
28 Hotel staff and children completed the day’s projects strengthening the Arboretum as a Plant Recovery Reserve and Seed resource for the reforestation of South Maui Native Forest.
28 Hotel staff and children completed the day’s projects strengthening the Arboretum as a Plant Recovery Reserve and Seed resource for the reforestation of South Maui Native 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.

Read 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.

Jack Stone performs the song “Ulupalakua”, sharing Hawaiian music & culture.
Jack Stone performs the song “Ulupalakua”, sharing Hawaiian music & culture.

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