UH Hilo’s Center for Maunakea Stewardship is growing out the seedlings for reintroduction sites across Maunakea, sites where previous plantings have been successful and that offer protection from hooved animals.
Since 2012, “Malama Maunakea Volunteer Weed Pull” events have helped protect resources on Maunakea.
This year, survey teams find a more than seven-fold increase in wēkiu bugs on Maunakea compared to recent surveys. The increased abundance could be a function of increased precipitation on the mountain this past year.
In her new role, Nahua Guilloz will oversee planning, permitting and project review processes, cultural and natural resource stewardship programs, as well as operations at Halepōhaku.
Kelley Lehuakeaopuna Uyeoka helped organize a large hui of cultural and scientific experts to develop new strategies in safeguarding Hawaiʻi’s cultural sites and practices. The newly published Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Collective Report is now released to the public.
The Center for Maunakea Stewardship’s plant restoration process starts with collecting seeds from established native plants in the area. There is now māmane and other native plants well established including ʻāweoweo, pawale, puakala and heʻupueo, a native grass.
The University of Hawaiʻi is privileged to be responsible for the stewardship of significant lands on Maunakea and for providing a thoughtful approach to astronomy research on the mauna.