Wiliwili Festival 2015

Wiliwili Festival 2015

The 2015 Wiliwili Festival is shaping up to be the best yet. Please join us on Saturday September 12th at Waikoloa Stables from 9am-3pm. We are happy to announce an excellent musical line-up including slack-key guitar artists Sean Robbins and local legend John Keawe. This year we will be featuring many interesting free workshops about native hawaiian plants, cultural perspectives on land and ocean and traditional crafts. Those who arrive early can take home one of more than 100 native plants that we will be giving away. We will also be offering six awesome tours of the forest preserve this year with space for up to 25 guests per tour. Mahalo to all of our sponsors and supporters. Please check out our poster for more information. To sign up for a tour please email wdfi@waikoloadryforest.org

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Wiliwili Festival 9.27.14!

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The Wiliwili Festival is back! Please join WDFI Saturday September 27th in celebrating our native dryland forest and the wiliwili flowering season. The festival is FREE from 9am-3pm at the Waikoloa Stables in Waikoloa Village. The festival will offer educational workshops, tours, vendors, native plant sales, prizes, keiki activities, silent auction, great music, food and much more! Come and learn how you can help us to Plant Trees in your community forest; arrive early and you could take home a free native plant! We are planning a zero-waste event and hope that you can do your part in keeping our festival footprint small, please carpool, and if you opt to ride your bicycle you will receive a free t-shirt.

Forest Tours:

Forest Preserve tours will be offered every hour, on the hour, from 8am-1pm. Tours will begin at the stables and will be led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides and will showcase the flowering wiliwili trees, our restoration work and our nursery. Tours will last about one hour and participants are encouraged to wear good shoes and to bring a camera! Transportation will be provided by Hawai’i Forest & Trail and a $25 donation per group is encouraged. WDFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible.

Workshops and Entertainment

10:30am-Cultural Perspectives with Hualalai Keahuloa

11:00am-John Keawe performing

11:30am-Natural History of Waikoloa with Dr. Jonathan Price, UH Hilo

12:00pm-Kahulanui performing

12:00pm-Composting and Bokashi with Sam Robinson and Noah Dodd, Hawaii Recycles

12:30pm-Native Plant Propagation with Jen Lawson and Jessica Middleton, WDFI

1:30pm-Fire Preparedness with Pablo Beimler, Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

To sign up for a tour or a workshop please email jen@waikoloadryforest.org or call (808) 494-2208

Mahalo to our sponsors:

Kaulunalani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Hawaii Water Service Company, Hawaii Forest & Trail, Waikoloa Highlands Chevron, Hawaiian Dream Properties, Goodfellow Brothers, Island Lava Java & First Hawaiian Bank

See our Poster.

First Seeds

First Seeds

0815140730bUhiuhi (Mezoneuron kavaiensis) is a critically endangered endemic tree species that still persists in the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve. It is a legume, has beautiful magenta flowers and makes large light pink seed pods that can be seen from a distance ornamenting the trees in the preserve. The uhiuhi can be put into two categories: kūpuna and keiki, ancients and seedlings. There are no young trees other than those recently planted, and the future of the uhiuhi in our forest has been relying on the seeds of just a few very old trees for many years.  Luckily they are still productive. Each year we collect the seeds of the mature uhiuhi trees, germinate them and nurture them until they are ready to plant out into the forest. One of the main goals of planting uhiuhi trees, and other native plants, within the preserve is to help promote a more self-sustaining forest. By planting we hope to speed up forest recovery and give the trees a head start in competing with weeds and handling the tough conditions in Waikoloa.

 

Uhiuhi Flowers and Seed Pods

This week we harvested the first seeds from a small uhiuhi tree planted in October of 2012 by one of our dedicated volunteers. The flowers emerged earlier in the year and, although we were hopeful, we were surprised to find that seeds had developed successfully in such a young plant. These seeds are too precious to let fall on the ground where they may be just as likely to be devoured by a rodent as they are to germinate and grow into an adult plant. We will keep them stored until we are ready to germinate and grow them in our nursery and eventually plant them out, as the first uhiuhi from a new parent tree since our work began.

 

Guided Tour Friday 8.29.14

Guided Tour Friday 8.29.14

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Our staff will be offering an interpretive walking tour of the preserve next week. You will have the opportunity to get up close to some of our ancient wiliwili trees which are just getting ready to blossom. We will also tour our restoration areas and get to know some of the native plants in our nursery. There will be ample opportunities for photos! A minimum $20 donation per group is encouraged.

Meet at the corner of Waikoloa Road and Quarry Road just before 9am on Friday August 29th. Wear good shoes or hiking boots and bring a water bottle. Please RSVP through the link below. We hope to see you there.

 

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Volunteer this Saturday 6/21!

Volunteer this Saturday 6/21!

Summer is almost here and we are finishing up our planting season with a volunteer day this Saturday. We will be working on getting the last few plants in the ground in our newest planting site as well as taking out some aggressive shrubs that have been invading this year due to all of the rain we have had. If you’d like to join us please meet at the junction of Waikoloa Road and Quarry Road just before 8am and we will carpool into the preserve from there. Wear good shoes and bring a water bottle. We will have tools and gloves or you can bring your own. Please RSVP by clicking the button below. Hope to see you then and if not look forward to our volunteer planting days in October!

Volunteer Day This Saturday May 10th!

Volunteer Day This Saturday May 10th!

Please join us for a morning of planting touring and weeding in the Hi’ialo outplant area. We will meet at the junction of Waikoloa Road and Quarry Road at 8am and work until about 11:30. Please wear good shoes and bring a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat. We will provide the rest! Please RSVP by emailing jen@waikoloadryforest.org.

The 2014 Calendars are here!

This year’s calendar celebrates some of the rarest and endangered plants and animals of our dryland forests. These make thoughtful and beautiful gifts that support our efforts to protect and promote native species including many of the rare ones found in our calendar. Order online today.

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Wiliwili Fest Moved To Waikoloa School! Sept. 14th

Wiliwili Fest Moved To Waikoloa School! Sept. 14th

The Wiliwili Festival will now be held at the Waikoloa School Saturday September 14th from 9-3pm!

The Wiliwili Festival will be a fun, free educational event for all ages. We will be hosting forest tours, workshops, and kid’s activities in addition to promoting awareness of Hawaiian dry forest ecosystems, the species that live within them and the cultural, ecologic and intrinsic value of our native forests. Please join us and check out our facebook page for more updates!

Wiliwili Festival 2013

Wiliwili Festival 2013

 

 

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WDFI is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2013 Wiliwili festival. The Wiliwili Festival will be a fun, free educational event for all ages. We will be hosting forest tours, workshops, and kid’s activities in addition to promoting awareness of Hawaiian dry forest ecosystems, the species that live within them and the cultural, ecologic and intrinsic value of our native forests. Please join us and check out our facebook page for more updates!