A huge mahalo to all who came out and worked to make Puna a more resilient community on Saturday, October 24. Nearly 1,000 albizia trees were treated and controlled – that’s 1,000 trees that won’t grow to block the road, won’t be making seeds to spread into new areas, and won’t be a threat to our community!
Special mahalos to the County DPW team and the Asplundh crew who came out and worked with us, and to Sen. Russell Ruderman who generously funded the event t-shirts – and, along with his wife, spent the morning clearing dozens of regrowing saplings along the road. Thanks also to Tin Shack Bakery for donating their delicious fresh baked bread for the volunteers, Boogie Woogie Pizza for their buy one, get one free slice volunteer deal, and Mona-Grams Inc. of Kona for their help in getting the t-shirts made. Last but not least much thanks to our longstanding partner in the fight against albizia: HELCO not only helped us get our banner up over Pahoa town, but also donated hatchets for volunteers to use.
A true community effort!