Several school groups are helping with maintenance projects in Lili`uokalani Gardens during the month of November.
“Clean the Pond and search for Buried Treasure has been the theme of pond cleaning efforts for two years,” said Friends president K.T. Cannon-Eger. More than 4,000 gallons of mud have been removed from the pond as well as old fishing poles, rubber slippers and the occasional treasure of a carved stone.”
Saturday, November 17, from 8 to noon is this month’s volunteer day. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring your own gloves. Tools and some protective footwear are available for those going in the pond. There are land based tasks for those not wishing to get wet and muddy.
Refreshments will be provided.
While visiting the port of Hilo, sailors from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut helped remove 150 gallons of mud from Waihonu before lunch. They also spread five tons of gravel and accomplished other maintenance tasks.
Other groups involved in November include: the Board of Student Publications at UH-Hilo, Halau LeiManu, and Kamehameha Schools sixth graders.
UH-Hilo Board of Student Publicationscleaned around significant stones, planted a replacement bush, pruned azalea bushes, pulled weeds, and scattered fertilizer
Halau LeiManu dedicates two hours on the first Sunday of every month to maintaining two areas: a green ti patch at the north corner and the lauae fern patch under loulu palms along Banyan Drive
A stone bench overlooking the pond and stone bridge has been covered with lichen for years
Kamehameha Schools sixth graders made Lili`uokalani Gardens a class project. Here they clean off a lichen covered bench under the direction of Master Gardener Daghild Rich
bench after all the cleaning efforts uncovered remarkable stone work both in the bench and at the base
For more information, please see the November newsletter. Here is a link:
Newsletter November 2018