More than 150 volunteers on Saturday, August 18, 2018 joined The Trust for Public Land at Ka‘ala Farm in Waianae on Oahu’s Leeward Shore to take part in a communal land restoration effort. The participants— including conservation donors and volunteers from 13 local companies — helped steward Kaala Farm by opening loi and planting kalo, while keiki enjoyed cultural activities such as pounding poi and making healthy ulu pancakes. Named A Day on the Land, the venture emphasizes community connections to and restoration of Hawaii’s important cultural lands, and volunteers ranged in age from four to 74 years old.
Volunteers came from Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii Gas, Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Alexander and Baldwin, Central Pacific Bank, Edmund C. Olson Trust, G70, James Campbell Company LLC, Pulama Lanai, Title Guaranty, Makai Ocean Engineering, and Dentons US LLP.
For over 40 years, The Trust for Public Land has been conserving land for people across Hawaii, protecting 34 sites across the islands for community benefit. It says it helps local communities safeguard natural, cultural, recreational, and agricultural lands for all to enjoy – including places like Kaala Farm, a nonprofit it assisted in 2003 by helping secure lands that provided access to their community operations.
A&B has sponsored Trust for Public Land’s event “A Day on the Land” since its inception.