Hoʻolāʻau Community Tree Planting Project is a new program partnering with the Division of Urban Forestry of the City & County of Honolulu with the goal of adding more trees to our streets, with help from you.
Just like with children, the first 3 years of a young tree’s life are the most important! Young trees require more frequent watering and care to help them establish deep, healthy root systems. Adopt a young tree today and secure a healthy forest for tomorrow.
There are three ways you can get involved with our program:
Residents of Olomana and Maunawili are eligible to adopt a free street tree for their neighborhood. If your area has a suitable planting site, you can agree to care for a young City and County of Honolulu tree planted near your home!
If you want to see more trees in your neighborhood, you can become a “Block Captain”. In this role, you will help your neighbors adopt free street trees. This is perfect for those who want to see trees get planted in their neighborhood, but may not have suitable planting site near their own home.
If you want to support our program, you can volunteer with us! This can include assessing trees, getting outside, and finding new sites that need more trees.
Our Citizen Forester volunteers have identified 437 empty spaces on Olomana and Maunawili streets that need trees! This means we can grow a vibrant and beautiful urban forest right outside your door! The problem is, we cannot do it alone – We Need Your Help! We are asking residents of Olomana and Maunawili to sign up to adopt a tree in their neighborhood.
The process is simple..
- Sign-up online!
- Have your area assessed for a nearby planting sites (free of charge)
- Help us choose your new tree species (free of charge)
- Your new free tree is delivered to a planting site near you (~$150 value)
- Your tree is planted by trained professionals (free of charge)
Just add water! (only ~6 cents of water per month)
- Your tree will receive long term care and maintenance for the entirety of its life- with help from you in its early years (free of charge)
Just add water & we take care of the rest!
Create a living legacy and play a key role in creating a beautiful, healthy, and green future for Maunawili. You have the option to dedicate your tree to something or someone you love.
If not you, who?
You are not alone, a trained Citizen Forester volunteer will be assigned to your area. They will check in with your tree to ensure it is receiving the correct amount of water and to hear feedback from you.
Like most Hawaiian words, Hoʻolāʻau has many important meanings. The name was suggested because of the variety of important ideas that come from Hoʻolāʻau:
- to gather in trees. For instance, birds gather in trees & forests
- the idea of trees bringing people together
- to form mature wood, implying longevity and care of our trees
Bring Hoʻolāʻau to your neighborhood!
Are you interested in growing street trees with your community through this program? Though program is in the pilot stage and we are only accepting participants from residents of Olomana and Maunawili at this time.
If you are interested in branching into your area in the future, we would love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.