Student organizations at UH Hilo are restoring the original forest garden

Front row from left: Raven Brazzi, Logan Rivas, Andrew Tabaqui, Josephine Tupou, and I find it Odachi. Second row: Tai Shimabukuro, Jordan Hemmerle, Anna Eze, Christian Kolo, Kalina Shiroma, and Kona Dancel. Back row: Avery Price, Pat Hart, and Brian Rule.

More than 30 student volunteers have begun the restoration and expansion of a garden (māla) at the University of Life Sciences Quad Hawaii In Hilo. The area is being transformed into a native mala forest, filled with 25 new species and planted by ambitious student leaders with the aim of bringing a renewed sense of life to the garden.

Tai Shimabukuro, marine science student from clothesI donated Bamboo moka,williwili,nayo papa,maman, He is disabled, That’s it, red, roadlong, delisa, soccertree opened And Mayabello for the project.

“The majority of these plants only grow here, and I love growing plants, so I’m happy to have found a lot of people who also enjoy coming together to learn from these kinds of shared experiences,” Shimabukuro said. “I’m glad I have skills, things and time to share with the community.”

Biology professor Patrick Hart is supervising the project.

“It’s great to see new life and energy coming into the park,” Hart said. “A long time ago, we had a vision to create a small native wetland forest here on campus where students could study comfortably surrounded by native trees. My favorite part is seeing students so excited about planting native plants.

Life Sciences Square is known for its large garden bed featuring the huge endemic lulu tree planted by Emeritus Professor Don Hymes. Hemmes founded and continues to maintain the Campus Botanic Gardens, which includes a large bromeliad collection, and has made himself available as a consultant to those transforming the Quad.

Student club cooperation

Kalina Shiroma in the park
Kalina Shiroma during the final day of work to create a native forest on campus Oh Hello.

A new student organization called the Creature Keeper Club is working on the project. The group’s mission is to implement a variety of comprehensive student research programs and campus improvement projects that deal with species. The club has more than 35 members and three core research projects and aims to fund nameplates for every plant in the garden, as well as covered benches with charging stations for students passing the mala.

The Creature Keeper Club collaborates with the Kaiameaola Club, a student organization based in the Tropical Biology and Environmental Sciences graduate program. Both clubs will work together to rejuvenate and plant the mala. The team hopes to continue shifting the park’s focus toward native plants that can be used as an example of responsible landscaping, conservation and reforestation.

Anna Eze from the Kaiameaola Club said the Mala Native Forest was important for improving biodiversity on campus and supporting local pollinators.

“Native pollinators are essential to boosting it Hawaii“The country’s biodiversity nourishes us, sustains our cultures and supports healthy air, land and water,” Ezzi said. “I hope the Mala Native Forest will show visitors how to support and sustain native plant populations in their own backyards, and have a tremendous impact on the extent of habitat for native pollinators throughout (the island).”

By Jordan Hemmerle

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