By Shealyn and Nela
We went to Wai'anae Kai Forest Reserve, which is located on the west side of O’ahu in Wai’anae Valley. We cut down koa haole trees and Guinea grass to clear around the native Hawaiian plants. We also carried mulch to put around the native plants. We saw milo, aweoweo, wiliwili, aalii, and maiapilo, which were planted by many students and volunteers over the past few years. It was important to help because the weeds keep growing back. The native trees are planted in the fire break to stop wildfires and perpetuate the native plants. The highlight of the day was getting to see the work we did. The kumu that day were Justin, Keoki, Koby, and interns from the Wai`anae Mountains Watershed Partnership. At the end of the day, we felt accomplished, good, and dirty!