Thanks to everyone that came to the Ke Ala Pupukea #Surfblitz on April 19th, 2015! Drew Wilkinson cashed in his 3 blitzes towards a blitz on the North Shore’s Bike Path. Over 50 native plants were installed to the existing native plant garden located next to the Sunset Beach bridge.
We also managed to remove 100 square feet of California Grass and engineer an erosion-control staircase. Another group split off and spruced up the Edible Bike Path with more ocean friendly/edible plants before the days’ work was over. A handful of the natives planted were ʻākulikuli, ʻilima, pōpolo, ʻukiʻuki, ʻahuʻawa, and ʻohai.
There was an intriguing/tasty taro cleaning workshop and traditional pounding demonstration by Nick Kawelakai Farrant as well as a native plant identification walk held by Vance Farrant, president of Malama Ke Ala Pupukea. But, the most spectacular part was the massive workforce of 50 volunteers that came out to help. It was a beautiful showing as a result of the partnerships formed between Malama Ke Ala Pupukea (MKAP), Permablitz Hawaii, Surfrider and their Ocean Friendly Gardens Campaign.
MKAP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to restore, maintain, and improve the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path, and by doing so, transform it into an educational tool for people of all ages and backgrounds. You can check out their website, www.kealapupukea.org or Facebook Page: Malama Ke Ala Pupukea for more information about upcoming workdays.