Kaiser Permanente & Hawaii Permanente Medical Group – Fifth Annual Day of Service at Pu’uwa’awa’a Forest Reserve
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service. As a result many individuals and organizations across the country volunteer on this day to give back to their communities. Nāhelehele is extremely grateful for the partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the Hawai’i Permanente Medical Group for volunteering on this day since 2016 to help with dry forest restoration at the Pu’u Wa’awa’a Forest Reserve, managed by the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
Kaiser Permanente and Hawai’i Permanente Medical Group employees, retirees and family members join together with dry forest and cultural experts from Pu’u Wa’awa’a, Waikoloa and Ka’ūpūlehu dry forest areas on this day of service. From 2016 thru 2020 they helped to restore 10 acres of the Hauaina Conservation Unit. Collectively they:
- cleared fountain grass, removed woody brush and pulled invasive weeds
- planted 839 dry forest trees and shrubs representing 32 dry forest species
- built trails for maintenance, seed collecting and interpretive trails for dry forest education
- collected seeds to be used in future dry forest restoration efforts
- removed rubbish, pulled apart old deck framing and deep cleaned the Meeting House kitchen
Kaiser Permanente also donated funds for tools and equipment, which are used by many other volunteer groups throughout the year for dry forest restoration. Their donations provided hundreds of gloves, hand tools for planting and weed removal, planting and watering supplies, and chairs for the Meeting House. They are exceptional community partners who understand that connecting with people and nature are powerful and long-lasting healing forces. We are very grateful for their generosity, volunteers, inspiration and leadership in perpetuating Hawaii’s native dry forests!
Any day can be a day of service.
If your organization would like to support dry forest restoration with a day of service, which can occur any day throughout the year, Nāhelehele can help you with this. Please contact us and we will put you in touch with dry forest partners who best suit your needs. Individuals who want to participate can refer to the Volunteer page to find dry forest sites that offer frequent public volunteer opportunities for dry forest restoration.
The following gallery shares the warmth and joy of the Kaiser Permanente and Hawai’i Permanente Medical Group employees, family members and retirees at their Annual Day of Service at the Pu’u Wa’awa’a Forest Reseve.