This photo shows the Koa tree that grew in my rain gutter that I transplanted and the mother tree behind it. Grow Big!!!!!
Henry had to sit this one out.
November 4, Planting #303
Captain Henry, Fish and I gorilla planted 1 A’ali’i tree at Owen and Lari’s house in Lahaina. Lahaina in Hawaiian means Mercyless sun. It is a hot place. Once established, native plants require no irrigation in urban communities. It is good to plant them in places like Lahaina. Owen and Lari are now local trend setters.
By the way, Lari makes clothes for women that look very sexy. She has a store with lots of sexy clothes at 505 front street called Le Ru. You should check it out.
Henry had his first moment at the helm of a sailboat. We never left Lahaina harbor but It was still fun. Fish gave Henry his first captains hat.
Henry felt right at home aboard Nepenthe.
Just another day with the boyz!
November 5, Planting #304
It’s 10:45pm. I forgot to plant a tree earlier today. Nothing like sleepy tree planting adventures!
November 6, Planting #305
Another backyard Ohia tree planting excursion lead by Captain Henry the crab crawler.
Ohia trees grow really pretty flowers.
The flowers turn into this.
Full of thousands of seeds. These seeds actually originally blew to Hawaii via the wind. They traveled +3,000 miles to get here and become one of the first plants to grow out of the bare volcanic rock. The fallen leaves of these trees decomposed and became the first Hawaiian dirt. These trees are legendary. It is wild how many of them have been removed from the Maui landscape over the past 200 years.
Henry is very stoked help bring them back! Feed the bees! Lehua flowers make the best honey!
November 7, Planting #306
On the way to a party at the Lavender Farm in Kula, Henry and I stopped by the roadside memorial for the car crash victims near the Kula 200 neighborhood. We planted an A’ali’i tree. We had ran into the mother of Steven Shaw while at the bench. It was nice to see her again!
Henry and I are sending our deepest aloha to the family and friends of those who died here.
November 8, Planting #307
Captain Henry supervises the late night planting of this ulei tree in his pajamas. Piiholo Maui is getting lots of native plants this year. My back yard habitat rocks!!!!
November 9, Planting #308
I was contacted by a student from Baldwin High School named Megan. She asked me to mentor her for her senior project on land conservation. I invited her and her mom to join me on a Zipline tour. The Skyline Haleakala tour gives a good simple Maui history lesson packed with an adventure. We have restored about 5 acres along the course over the past 10 years. They had a great time. After the tour we planted 1 Ohia tree in the rain. This tree is dedicated to Megan’s Uncle Willy.
November 10, Planting #309
Henry and I planted this Ohia tree on the edge of a cliff across from my neighbor’s house.
Then Henry took a nap.
November 11, Planting #310
Late night tree planting on my driveway. A flash flood once dug an 8 ft deep hole that we had to fill in with a backhoe. This Ulei plant now marks the spot.
I planted this shrub just above the flood line on the side of the cliff.
November 12, Planting #311
Henry drove us down into Waikapu valley. We enjoyed a beautiful day.
We planted ulei next to a rock wall near the stream.
November 13, Planting #312
The tools of an everyday tree planter. This koa tree is now growing in my back yard.
November 14, Planting #313
The mighty Koa forest shall return to the upcountry slopes of Haleakala. Especially in my neighborhood.
November 15, Planting #314
We replaced one tree that died with this Ohia!
Henry just realized he is a bass player.
November 16, Planting #315
Just another day in the world of Henry Koa.
November 17, Planting #316
Ohia tree planting after dark.
November 18, Planting #317
Skyline Eco Adventures native forest is taking root, one sapling at a time.
November 19, Planting #318
It is really cool to plant trees while at work. This Ohia could grow to become ancient. I wonder how many years that will take? When Is a tree considered ancient?
November 20, Planting #319
Just another stroll down the driveway. I never noticed the heart shape in the hill until I took this photo.
ready for action.
November 21, Planting #320
I planted this ulei shrub at Skyline Eco Adventures near the take off platform of zipline #1.
A ring of fertilizer will hopefully help this poor soil situation.
November 22, Planting #321
Yoda boy gets charged up!
Maui gets one Ohia tree on this chilly upcountry night.
The moon is bright and powerful tonight.
November 23, Planting #322
Just another day at the office.
This Ohia tree is now growing next to the steps leading up to the Zipline pavilion.
November 24, Planting #323
What are you looking at?
Ohia Lehua ….
Location on my driveway ….
Light for tree planting provided by 1990 Toyota pickup truck.
November 25, Planting #324
The Greenbay Packers have been playing quite poorly since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone.
I planted this Koa tree next to my chicken coop.
November 26, Planting #325
One more Ohia tree planting at Skyline Haleakala. It feels so great to plant native plants here. We can fix the mistakes of the past. Eco-tourism is a great way to restore the land while educating the general public.
I hope people 200 years from now really benefit from this tree.
November 27, Planting #326
Henry and I stopped by the Lower Kula Highway Memorial and planted 1 Ulei shrub behind the bench.
November 28, Planting #327 Happy Thanksgiving!
Henry is very thankful today!
Thankful for the chickens!
Food coma induced Ohia tree planting in my yard!!!!! ROCK ON!!!!!!
November 29, Planting #328
This ulei shrubling is now growing at the corner of a sweet rock wall. I think I may have made up the word shrubling.
I like planting plants in the dark of night. It always feels good afterward.
November 30, Planting #329
I planted this Ohia tree while at work today!
A very long blog post, you have just read. Henry and I really appreciate your interest in this subject. This blog is a historic record …. The re-birth of an ancient forest. One tree at a time, this forest will return. It may take many generations. The ball is rolling now.
If you live on Maui and need a Christmas tree, call me 808-250-1469. I am selling and delivering potted Ohia trees that are awesome!!! You can order online www.plantawish.org.