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For over 25 years, HSTP has nurtured and protected our island home by leading week to two week long service trips. This past summer, these service trips went to Kalaupapa, Molokai; Keanae, Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island. The work varied with weed eradica-tion, planting, trail clearing and fencing. With fun free-time in between. If interested or want more information, please contact Sherine Boomla - 739-3936
for your many years of service (what is it 30? 35?) to High School Hikers and environmental education in Hawaii. May you have a most enjoyable retirement! Congratulations! You survived!
ECOLOGY CAMP 2000 INVADES ISLAND OF HAWAII
[photo] [Our happy campers on the Beach at Honaunau]
Home for the first half of this great adventure was Kekealani Environmental Education Center, located in the heart of Volcano Village. This tiny school has all the makings of a larger school with 2 classrooms, a recreation room, dining/meeting room, kitchen, office, pavilion, basketball court and a HUGE yard.
That first day started with a welcome orientation and camp set-up. After lunch the group toured the Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater, the Visitor Center and Crater Rim Drive in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Back at camp a pot of hot beef stew was waiting and a night of fun activities and planning.
Day 2: After a chilly night tenting in the cold Volcano air, everyone was ready for the days work. Off to Pohakuloa Training Area where various teams did an out planting project, endangered species survey and management, cultural site visits and a nursery tour. We can attest that if the work didnt wear out our hikers, the drive back to Volcano Village did. Later that evening, our weary participants were treated to a talk by David Kimo Frankel, Sierra Club EXCOMM Chairperson and storyteller Kepa Maly.
Tuesday was spent doing service projects for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Our group broke into teams to work on ginger eradication, jeruselum cherry eradication, out planting or Mullein eradication and nene pen removal. The evening activity involved t-shirt printing or other art work and evaluating the days activities.
On our fourth day the group broke-down camp and headed to Saddle Road. Three different groups went on 3 different adventures. Group A to Mauna Loa Observatory and the Solar Corona Dome. Group B to Mauna Kea Observatory. And Group C to Onizuka Visitor Center and to hike Puu Huluhulu (a cinder cone). What breathtaking, AWESOME views! Definitely the highlight of the trip.
On to Kona and check-in at Uncle Billys Kona Bay Hotel.
It was nice to have a real bed and a chance to
The next day was full of active adventures. One group hiked
Manuka Natural Area Reserve. Another hiked Kealakekua Bay. And
the last group toured Greenwell Botanical Garden, Puukohola
National Historic Monument and the Kohala, North Kona andWaimea
[photo] Disco King Bob Keane! Ooooo ... good moves Bob!
Last day: Already! Check-out of Uncle Billys.
Then pay a visit to Puuhonua o Honaunau and the
[photo] Above: Castle Hiking Club setting-up camp at Big Island Ecology Camp.
[photo] Right and middle: Farrington Hiking Club at Makapuu - March 2000.
[photo] Students get-to-know each other at Ecology
[photo] Left: Kuhea Paracuelles , the leader and some students
hike to the planting area with plants in hand.
On the weekend of April 14-16, we (Hui Lama) went to camp Waianae to bond and have fun. There was about 23 of us there. It was so much fun, but the hikes kept us balanced out. It balanced our fun and work.
The camp was very calm with exception of Cody and Rachel screaming and laughing. We all started to bond and laugh through different activities that my committee and I put together. I thought people didnt really like them so we ended up playing Marco Polo and Capture the Flag.
On our first hike we visited Bill Garnet and all of his special endangered plants. We dug three plots where he could plant some new plants. It was hard work! We softened the soil to about 6 deep. We had to pull and clip the root, shovel the dirt, and more plants. It was hard work but it was all for a good cause. We got dirty, but it didnt matter, we were just doing our jobs. It feels nice to give back to the land. After we dug the first two plots we hiked and made a new plot. It was in a place with lots of ferns. It was also next to some really nice and really expensive endangered plants. After a hard days work, we came back to camp. Taking a bath felt so nice! We relaxed and ate a really awesome meal.
We woke up Sunday morning, had a good breakfast and cleaned camp. We were all unaware of the extreme hike we were about to face. We got there and as usual Lahela and I were in the back cruising. Then we saw it. A muddy, uphill climb to a top we thought wed never see. We slid and fell and almost cried all the way up. Without Riki and Abraham we wouldnt have made it. When we made it to the top we found out that we had to go down. The steep drop really scared me. We slid down the muddy hill, trying to walk, only to fall again and again. When we were done I was covered with mud and we came back skanky smelling. It was an accomplishment for me even though I didnt look too happy. Rachel recleared the boomla award and Lahela and I got the Raunchy Skanky award. After all that we still managed to crack a smile. Overall I had fun and Id like to go back...I think. Oh Yeah! The banana boats and fire were a really cool thing to do, and I liked our cabins.
Sat 9/9/00 Aiea Loop Trail Leilehua
Sun 9/10/00 Manoa Cliffs Hike Moanalua
Sat 9/16/00 Service Project: "Get the Drift and Bag It"
Fri-Sun 9/21-9/23/00 Sunset Beach Camp-out Moanalua
Sat 9/30/00 FALL HIKERS WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCE ALL SCHOOLS Kamehameha
Sat 10/7/00 Waimano Pool Hike Hike Campbell
Sun 10/8/00 Maunawili Falls Hike Castle
Fri-Sun 10/13-10/15/00 Pre-Camp Alewa-Kapalama Trail Kamehameha
Sat 10/21/00- HALLOWEEN NIGHT HIKE/CAMP ALL SCHOOLS
Sat-Sun 10/28-10/29/00 Peacock Flats Kamehameha
Sun 11/12/00 Waimano Pools Hike Moanalua
Sat 11/18/00 Honouliuli Wildlife Refuge Service
Sun 11/19/00 Pauoa Flats Farrington
Sun 12/3/00 Waimano Pools Trail Leilehua
Sat 12/9/00 Honolulu "City Lights" Hike Campbell
Sat 12/16/00 Karaoke Farrington
Sun 12/17/00 Audubon Bird Count Kamehameha
Sat 1/13/01 Kuliouou Ridge Hike Castle
Sat 1/20/01 Leilehua or Botanical Garden Leilehua
Sat 1/27/01 Kealia Trail Hike Campbell
Sat 2/10/01 Makapuu Light House/Whale watching Castle
Sat 2/17/01- ECOLOGY CAMP ALL SCHOOLS
Sat 3/10/01 Opae Ula Hike Campbell
Mon-Wed3/20-3/22/01 Outer Island Trip: Kauai Campbell
Sat 3/24/01 Kahana Valley Hike Castle
Sun-Fri 3/25-3/30/01 Molokai Trip Kamehameha
Sat 4/14/01 Waianae Kai Hike Campbell
Sat 4/21/01 Service Project: Earth Day Beach Clean-Up, Campbell
Sat 5/12/01 Spring Craft Fair Fund raiser Moanalua
Sat 5/12/01- Overnight Camp Campbell
Sat 5/19/01 Hotels Association Charity Walk Campbell
TBA END-OF-YEAR BANQUET ALL SCHOOLS
with High School Hikers is coming up. See your advisors to sign-up!
DATE: October 21, 2000
COSTUME CONTEST, JACK-O-LANTERN CARVING CONTEST, GHOST
Plus outrigger canoeing, star gazing, sand crab catching, night fishing and bon fire!
WHAT TO BRING: Backpack, lunch, 1 qt. water, rain gear, mosquito
CHAIRPERSONS FOR FALL HIKERS WORKSHOP - - Sandra Nakagawa
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