We’ve had coconut beetle traps at Hanakehau for over two years now. Only last year did we learn that the mulch piles we have to improve our soil at Hanakehau had become a hotspot breeding ground for this invasive beetle. The CRB has caused devastation in the Pacific to coconut tree populations, particularly in Guam and the South Pacific. In a recent community outreach event, we learned that the Kingdom of Tonga is the only known place where the CRB was successfully eradicated. Hawaii can become the second place to eradicate this voracious beetle with your help.
What can you do to help stop it from spreading around the island and the pae’aina:
- eliminate green waste/compost areas – these provide habitat for breeding.
- Do not transport green waste to other locations. You may not see the larvae or eggs and may unknowingly introduce these bugs to other areas. Right now it is known to be in the Hickam/Waiawa/Ewa region.
- Bring down dead trees to reduce habitat.
- Learn to spot signs of beetle damage and report it immediately via this app: 643-PEST.
- Join a CRB workday at Hanakehau!
Check out this informational flyer for more information:
Mahalo to Hawai’i People’s Fund for your continued support for Hanakēhau through a 2016 HPF grant. The grant this year will allow us to increase our capacity to host service learning groups as well as workshops on hana no‘eau, mālama ‘āina, and aloha ‘āina. HPF has been a long time supporter of Hanakēhau from our beginnings in the bare dirt with the first kukui trees planted. Those kukui are now thriving along with severance dozen other native trees. We are also working now to open lo‘i with the first planting to go in this summer with the help of many partners. Mahalo for believing in our vision and action both at Hanakēhau and for the greater lāhui and for seeing that the two are inextricably linked. E mau ke ea o ka ‘āina! Edit
Today De-Tour ended their huaka`i along Keawalau o Pu`uloa at Hanakehau. Mahalo to Kyle, Terri, and `Ilima for including Hanakehau as part of the story of militarism and restoration of `aina!
Harvest tally for today – small but `ono:
Kalo – 1.5lbs
Cucumber – 1lb (just one cuke!)
Eggplant – 2 @ 1/2 lb
Radishes – 3 @ 1/2 lb
A hui hou aku no…
With water finally flowing to the mala ‘ai thanks to our grant from the Hawaii Peoples Fund, our food plants are taking off…stay tuned!
February is a busy month for all of us so our next papa ‘olelo Hawaii won’t be until the 24th. hoping we can get the mau’u in and growing!
Quick tutorial from uncle bobby to make the most of sod:
Take these strips and cut into plugs 5″ by 7″ or so.
Using a hoe, dig out squares in your dirt a little bigger than your
Space about a foot apart, fill in
around and water deeply.
Ok not too hard ah…
A hui hou!