ʻImi Pono no ka ʻĀina
Nā Kiaʻi Kūmokuhāliʻi
The Nā Kiaʻi Kūmokuhāliʻi Service Learning Program provides participants with the opportunity to establish and nurture a relationship with the ʻāina. Participants engage in restoration activities like seed collection, seed cleaning, planting, weed control or kilo (observational) activities like, plant identification, forest structure and function, and interpretive hikes.
Through the service of rebuilding a native forest and learning about our unique native species, we aim to expand our hui of kiaʻi, or guardians, of our forests.
propagators, planters, and practioners – those who are committed to the protection and restoration of Keauhou.
This program inspires and nurtures Kiaʻi by establishing foundational relationships to our forests, restoring ecosystem function, practicing sustainable use of resources, and preventing and mitigating native ecosystem threats.
Keauhou Community Days
Spend a Saturday with us!
Keauhou Community Days are a chance to help restore a native forest and engage with like-minded folks. Get outside, get a little dirty and spend the day at Keauhou, Kaʻū.
Activities vary each month, but expect tasks like planting, seed cleaning, seed collecting and weeding.
Keauhou Community Days are currently on hold. We hope to welcome volunteers back in Fall of 2021. Click here if you would like to be emailed when Keauhou Community Days start again.
Kūmokuhāliʻi is the forest
Our kūpuna have taught us that rain follows the forest. This rain then becomes the fresh water that initiates and sustains all life. The quantity and quality of our water is dependent on the health and well being of the forest. As island people, surrounded by kai (salt water), our forests are key to maintaining a sustainable supply of clean fresh water.
ʻOhiwai o ka ʻāina
Kū ka lāʻau
ʻUmeʻume i ka ua
He moku, he ʻāina
Hāliʻi lau a loa
Water gatherer of the ʻāina
The trees and plants stand upright,
Attracting the rain
An area of land
Spread out in expansiveness
– Lahela Camara
In the last decade TMA volunteers have planted nearly 50,000 plants.
Service Learning Huaka’i
School and Community Group Field Trips
Nā Kiaʻi hosts service learning experiences for both community and school groups through native plant propagation and reforestation on TMA member lands. For close to a decade, tens of thousands of native seedlings have been planted by volunteers.
Interested in bringing your community or school group to Keauhou?
Download the Keauhou Restoration Application, which has more information on terrain, activities, and facilities at Keauhou.
*Maximum group sizes subject to change based on updated COVID guidelines.
Call or email Emily Leucht at (808) 430-1994 or [email protected]