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Hobdy to discuss East Maui forests

By Staff | May 12, 2011


KAHULUI — The Friends of Haleakala National Park will present a slide talk titled “A History of the Management of the Forest Lands of East Maui” by Bob Hobdy on Friday, May 13.

Free and open to the public, the event is set for 7 p.m. in University of Hawaii Maui College Ka Lama 103.

Maps and slides of many forest areas and native plants in East Maui will illustrate the talk.

Hobdy, the retired district manager of the Maui County Division of Forestry for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, will draw on the experiences of working on all the islands of Maui County during a 37-year career in forestry to discuss the varying attitudes and practices of forest management systems from the perspectives of the people who have controlled the land and water of East Maui.

Starting from the Hawaiian era, through the sugar planters of the 1800s, to the Territorial days and the Homestead Act of the early 1900s, and up into the modern era, how people think about resources and how we manage them have changed greatly.

For more information, visit www.fhnp.org.