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ML&P to host native tree planting event in celebration of Arbor Day

By Staff | Oct 29, 2009

Maui Preparatory Academy students participated in the 2008 planting event.

HONOLUA — Maui Land & Pineapple Company (ML&P) invites members of the Maui community to celebrate Hawaii’s Arbor Day and take part in a day of tree planting on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 to 11 a.m.

The project will also support Honolua Wao Kele reforestation efforts in the land above Honolua Bay.

This family-friendly event is free to the public and open to all ages.

Participants will earn a free native plant to take home and plant on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tree planting will take place on the mauka side of Honolua Bay, where ML&P is reforesting a 30-acre site with native plants and shrubs.

This year will mark the third year of planting with the goal of planting 2,000 plants or more. Ten-thousand plants have been planted in previous years.

Resort shuttles will transport participants from the Kapalua Adventure Center from 8 to 11 a.m., with free parking available throughout the resort.

ML&P hopes to create awareness for the Honolua Wao Kele reforestation project and ensure the health of this land for current and future generations, the company reported.

This event is the start of the company’s annual planting season. Through March, ML&P will hold monthly plantings.

For more information on the Nov. 7 event, contact Megan Webster at 665-5467. For information on the Honolua Wao Kele Native Reforestation Project, visit www.malamahonolua.org.