DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Volunteers Invited To Workday
HONOLULU— The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is inviting interested community volunteers to participate in a cleanup of its new native plants garden from 8-11 a.m., Saturday, June 3, at the Kalanimoku State office building, 1151 Punchbowl St.
DLNR's native garden is located on the ocean side, Ewa corner of the Kalanimoku building. Work will involve light weeding and garden cleaning.
“Volunteers have helped us create a place for people in urban Honolulu to see and learn about native plant species and their importance to our environment,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
“Native plants provide the habitat and food sources that forest birds, insects and snails, need to survive. Many of the species we have planted were important to the Hawaiian culture for ceremonies, lei-making, medicines, religious uses, nourishment and adornment. We plan to feature this information in the future on interpretive signs in the garden,” said Young.
Volunteers will have an opportunity to study and care for native species like Nanu (native gardenia), Koki`o Ula (red hibiscus of Kauai) and Ma`o Hau Hele, the yellow hibiscus which serves as Hawaii's state flower.
All community members are welcome. Bring a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle, and insect repellent. Gloves, gardening equipment and light refreshments will be provided.
For more information on volunteering, call Tekawitha M. Iese, Education and Information Assistant, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife at (808) 587-4169.
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