Volunteer on National Public Lands Day

HVNP Volunteer Marilyn helps remove invasive Himalyan ginger near Halema‘uma‘u Trail. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane
HVNP Volunteer Marilyn helps remove invasive Himalyan ginger near Halema‘uma‘u Trail. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

On Saturday, Sept. 28, thousands of sites across the country will host volunteer events to restore our historic and natural treasures.

Park entrance fees are waived for the 20th annual National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell states on the White House blog that last year, 175,000 volunteers participated, collecting 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, building and maintaining 1,500 miles of trails, planting about 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants, and removing 500 tons of trash from trails and other places.

In Hawaii, there are six events:

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Remove invasive Kahili ginger from park lands to enhance native plant recovery.
    9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Remove invasive fountain grass along the roadsides in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.
    8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Keamuku Gulch Restoration Site – This project will feature forest and riparian restoration within a gulch in the Keamuku Parcel along Saddle Road (45 mile marker).
    8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Kōkeʻe State Park – Restoration project of Civilian Conservation Corp Camp in Koke’e State Park as well as weeding. Clean up of the historic stone pavilion in Kokee State Park, including mending pavers, power washing, painting, and gardening the area around this much used facility.
    8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Nimitz Beach Cleanup – Event #1 is a beach cleanup at the Nimitz Beach area on the west shore of Oʻahu. Event #2 performing maintenance on the Halealoha Haleamau Burial Platform (Adults volunteers only). Event #3 will be the removal of invasive kiawe trees at Ahua Reef on Hickam and replace with native trees.
    7:30am – 9:30am
  • Pacific Regional Visitor Center – Volunteers will help clean up trash on the shoreline, beach berm and around the park, stencil storm drain signs, place tree identification markers on the unique trees along the walking trails and weed a small landscape beautification project.
    8:00am – 12:00pm
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