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Auwahi Restoration Group

Auwahi photo 1
Photo by Forest & Kim Starr
Photo by Forest & Kim Starr

The noted Hawaiian botanist Joseph F. Rock singled out the Auwahi district on Haleakala, and the Pu’u-wa’awa’a district of the Big Island as the richest botanical regions in the Territory, with more tree species than any Hawaiian rain forest.  Over the past centuries, this forest has been much degraded and now without action is threatened with total extirpation on Maui.  Auwahi is a biological and ethnobotanical treasure.  Of the 50-odd species of rare Hawaiian trees found here, 41 species had specific Hawaiian ethnobotanical uses, 19 as medicines, 13 in making specific tools, 13 in canoe construction, eight in kapa making, eight to make widely ranging dye colors, and at least seven of the trees have religious significance.  Without our efforts, all of these trees, their uses, their associated animals will all perish forever. The Auwahi Restoration Group is a coalition of private and public agencies spearheaded by the U.S. Geological Survey and 'Ulupalakua Ranch.   We are working on a historic effort at dryland forest restoration by planting and weeding exclosures in order to "jumpstart" this unique native forest. Volunteers usually meet on the fourth Saturday of each month from 7:45 am - 4:00 pm.  For more information call Art Medeiros or Erica Von Allmen at (808) 573-8989, e-mail auwahi@yahoo.com, or visit www.hear.org/naturalareas/auwahi/ or auwahi.org .

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Comments? / Questions? e-mail webmaster@hear.org.  This page created on September 07, 2001 by Starr , and last updated on March 15, 2012 by Starr.