Maui: Honokowai Valley with Maui Cultural Lands

Sponsoring Club: 
Yale Club of Hawaii
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:00am to 2:00pm
1 Puukolii Road
Lahaina, HI 96761

Volunteers will meet at the Puukolii Sugar Cane Train Station parking lot. Trucks will then transport volunteers up the mountain to the project site. 


Honokowai Valley used to be the lush “bread basket” of West Maui supporting a thriving, self-sufficient village of about 600 families. The valley includes many archaeological sites, including homes, farms, trails, and heiaus (places of worship). The stream that meandered through and gave life to the Honokowai Valley village of old was diverted for sugar cane cultivation in the 1920s, forcing native Hawaiian families to abandon the valley. Since 2002, Maui Cultural Lands has worked to restore the valley’s cultural sites by removing invasive weeds and planting native and “canoe plants” that would have traditionally been cultivated or existed in the valley. The MCL and hardworking volunteers have cleared over 10 acres of the valley and uncovered miles of ancient rock walls, home sites, heiau, and other archaeological remains over the past 15 years. 

Maintenance of this special cultural site requires constant invasive species control and vigilance. This event will allow volunteers the opportunity to visit a spectacular environmental and cultural site and to support its revival and restoration through weed control, native plantings, and maintenance. Volunteers can expect to get dirty, work hard, learn a lot, and enjoy being out in “real” Hawaii- “off the beaten track.” For a look at “why” this site and the work that MCL does is so important, please check out this short, honorary video done by Olukai

Weeding, gardening, planting, and invasive species control skills welcomed. Because the work can be strenuous and the ride up bumpy, please make sure you are fit for such work/conditions before joining this event. This site is not handicap accessible. Feel welcomed to bring your own gardening gloves and tools, but tools and gloves will be provided on site.

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Site Coordinator: 
Mariah Gill ‘14 MEM