National Public Lands Day at Kahanahaiki – September 30

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Celebrate Something We All Share: Our Public Lands!

On September 30, 2017, join thousands of people at public lands sites across the country to take part in the 24th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). NPLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Through NPLD, the National Environmental Education Foundation works to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health.

Please join us as we protect upland natural resources at Kahanahaiki through a two-part restoration project. The first event is scheduled for Saturday, September 30.

TARGET WEEDS: Strawberry guava (Psidium cattleianum), Koster’s curse (Clidemia hirta), Lilikoi (Passiflora edulis), Butterfly bush (Buddleia spp.)

PROJECT: We will use small hand tools (hand saws and pruners) and will apply a caution-labeled herbicide (Garlon4) to the cut stems of weeds with drip applicator bottles.

HIKING TIME: 2 to 2.5 hours (round trip)

DIFFICULTY: Moderate; some elevation gain.  Some steep drop-offs along the trail.

WHAT TO BRING: Long pants, long sleeve shirt and shoes with good traction. Please review the suggested packing list.

All weeding tools and gloves will be provided.


  • Drive to trailhead (~1 hour)
  • Unload vehicles; safety briefing (~15 minutes)
  • Hike to project site (~1 hour)
  • Weed control (~1.5 hours)
  • Lunch (1/2 hour)
  • More weed control (~1.5 hours)
  • Hike to Makua overlook (~1/2 hour round trip, optional)
  • Hike back to vehicles (~1 hour)
  • Wash weeding gear (~15 minutes)
  • Load up trucks (~15 minutes)
  • Return drive to OANRP baseyard (~1 hour)
  • Clean up gear; pau (~15 minutes)