I spent a great weekend in March with my son Jake and friends out planting native trees at Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge on the windward slope of Mauna Kea. Here – on 32,000 acres – a Native Forest is being restored and building habitat for rare and endanged native birds. In the past 20 years volunteers have planted 400,000 koa, ohia and other native plants. Native Plants of Hawai’i are species that arrived here before human contact – by wing (birds), by water or by wind. Of these plants 95% are found endemic, meaning they are found ONLY in Hawai’i. Our island home is a treasure and we have a responsibility to preserve and protect it. Members of our family have visited there to volunteer several times, and it’s a great weekend of service. To learn more about volunteering, visit Friends of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.
From our Guestbook
If you want to get away from the commercial touristic experience of Hawaii this is the place to stay at. The two-bedroom rental is charming and fully functional with full kitchen, outside BBQ and Hot tub! This place will give you a sense of the local life style, making you feel at home and never wanting to leave. I have stayed twice at the Keolamauloa farm and my wife and I can't wait to come back.
Jean-René (Calgary, Canada)
This is our favorite place to stay on the island. The property is warm and inviting, and even has a hot tub! They're solar operated, grow several varieties of fruits and veggies, have a huge pet pig, a chicken coop, etc. This part of the island also has endless opportunity for exploration.