Volunteer on Saturday, May 11 to help take care of Mauna Kea and restore the native habitat at the 9,500 foot elevation surrounding the visitor center at Hale Pohaku.
The Office of Mauna Kea Management's May volunteer effort will focus on continuing invasive plant removal and restoration at Hale Pohaku and in the silversword restoration area. The silversword, classified as an endangered species since 1986, is in the Asteracea or Sunflower Family. The Mauna Kea silversword is a member of the silversword alliance, a group of Hawaiian endemic plants that scientists believe all evolved from a single plant species which originated in North America several million years ago.
OMKM's long-term plans for this area include native plant restoration including the silversword and improved educational opportunities about these native ecosystems.
The day begins at 8 am in Hilo with transportation provided to the site.
At 9:00 am volunteers will get a project orientation and acclimate to the elevation change at Hale Pohaku.
The invasive weed pull and silversword planting is scheduled from ~9:30 am to 12 noon followed by lunch and refreshments. The luncheon speaker is USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua who will lead a discussion on Mauna Kea's geology.
Everyone should be back in Hilo by about 3:30 pm. For those volunteers coming from Kona, plan to head down the mountain about 2:30 pm.
This is a great opportunity to meet new people, get high above the clouds on Mauna Kea and lend a helping hand in managing the fragile ecosystem on the mountain.
Space is limited. Call Fritz Klasner at 808-756-6022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.