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Planting native Trees on the Slopes of Haleakala

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

Yesterday my friends and I drove "Upcountry Maui" to @skylinezipline to plant some native Hawaiian trees with a bunch of nice people on the slopes of the Haleakalā volcano. The wind whistled through the (unfortunately invasive but totally beautiful) towering eucalyptus trees as we planted 600 tiny saplings to replace them. There was old growth forest on two sides, ocean view far below on one side, and one of those sweet windows into golden/green rolling upcountry hills on the mountain side. We got our hands dirty, we lovingly planted these little trees that will hopefully outlive us for hundreds of years, we broke a few shovels in our enthusiasm (lol, sorry Skyline), we met a sexy chicken. Then we ate some damn good Thai food. 'Twas a great day 😊🍃💕🌲

About 60 local volunteers planted koa, o'hia, 'iliahi, 'a'ali'i, and other native plants and shrubs as part of Skyline Conservation Initiative's community reforestation project. Eucalyptus trees are not only invasive, thirsty desert plants; they also love to burst into flames so present a fire hazard in droughts and high temps, AND eucalyptus oil turns the soil to trash, apparently. But their felled trees will turn into a rich source of nutrients for these little saplings and many others. All things I learned thanks to Skyline's free education. Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to Skyline for being such an AWESOME member of this unique island community! ❤🌲🐝🤙 I tree-planted with two favorite legends, one old, one new: ~ Alicia, an environmental Southern badass! Check out her sustainable living tips on Instagram at @sustainableliving808 🌺 ~ Casey, an awesome nature-lover and musician! Check out his chill tunes on Instagram at @hi.space.case 🎶

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Aloha, my name is Jasmine.

I'm a freelance writer, editor, and content creator based out of Maui, Hawai'i, USA.

I travel the world, write, take photos, surf, and hike!