Aloha and mahalo for your interest in our Ola Nā Kini (ONK) program coordinated by Mālama Learning Center! ONK strives to regenerate native and edible forests in the southern Wai'anae Mountains through active community engagement and education. This program is an opportunity for everyone to learn from the 'āina through hands-on, place-based education that has relevant applications through participation in site restoration projects in Leeward O'ahu. We feel it's our collective kuleana to care for Hawai'i's natural and cultural resources for future generations.
We can host workdays at a variety of different sites spanning mauka to makai located in Leeward O'ahu depending on what kind of learning experience you're looking to have. Those sites include:
-Pālehua (mauka sites in southern Wai'anae mountains)
-Nānākuli Muliwai @ Zablan's beach park (makai site)
-Pālehua Mauka Native Plant Nursery
*Workdays generally run from 8:30am-12:30pm (half day) Monday-Friday and includes an educational service activity. Saturdays are possible as well if available.
During these educational workdays, you will learn about the historical, cultural, and environmental benefits of native species followed by hana (work) that may include some or all of the following activities: Native outplanting, removal of invasive species and debris, watering, mulching, seed collection/plant propagation, and site preparation for future plantings.
We limit our site restoration workdays to about 40-45 people maximum for site safety reasons. There's a site fee of $10.00/person (for businesses/organization/schools outside of West O'ahu) with a minimum fee of $200. For schools/students from West O'ahu, the site fee is $5.00/person with a minimum of $200 per event. For out-of-state groups and/or workdays longer than 4 hours, the fee is $15.00/person. This fee helps us to partially cover the cost of supplies, plants, and staff time not subsidized by grants.
As the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, so are these workdays. We will follow COVID-19 safety protocols. Mahalo for your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep our communities safe!
Please fill out this form to request a workday at one of our Ola Nā Kini sites. This information will help us coordinate a productive and engaging visit for each group. We will try our best to accommodate site requests as we can.
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