How fortunate we were to be in the presence of the “canoe” koa and native forest in Waikamoi Preserve.
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Seminar 4 Day 3 – Maui
Class XIV started our third day on Maui with a visit and hike into Haleakala Ranch’s Waikamoi Preserve, with Pat Biley of The Nature Conservancy.
|Pat explaining the trial process of using the Secusio moth to mitigate fireweed growth.|
The Waikamoi Preserve is a home to many native and endangered species, with portions of the Preserve considered pristine Hawaiian forests.
|Syndey prepping to enter the Preserve by scrubbing his shoes free of possible hitchhiker organisms.|
|Close up of Kahili Ginger.|
|Ashley and Tina, dwarfed by a Koa considered to be a “Canoe Koa” – one that would have been considered as part of the process of historic and traditional canoe building.|
|Surprise! Judith caught this “snake” on the way down, saving Cynthia’s life.|
Our second stop of the day was to Ocean Organic Vodka, a family owned and operated certified organic farm and vodka distillery.
|View of the farm and distillery from The Point, an area being cultivated for functions and other uses.|
|Shonna Pinheiro led us on the farm tour, and dropped a lot of knowledge on us related to spirit distillation.|
|the distillery! interesting note: all cleaning in the facility is done with the waste alcohol of the distillation process, to maintain organic status and to minimize waste|
|….the bottling room|
|Grass taller than Kirby – unbelievable!|
|Chris, Ashley, and James relaxing in the meditation garden next to the distillery.|
|Pauline enjoying an Ocean Organic Vodka-infused truffle…. but was it as good as Tina’s?|
After Ocean Organic Vodka, the class headed down to Wailuku, returning to ‘Iao Valley to check in to The Hawaii Nature Center housing facility. Mauna Kahalawai is the mountain that is commonly referred to as “West Maui Mountain(s)”, home of the famous Na Wai ‘Eha.
|Wailuku Stream, often referred to as ‘Iao Stream; one of 4 famous streams that make up Na Wai ‘Eha. The streams are famous in legend and local use, and also part of the infamous water rights debates on Maui.|
|A bonus attraction of the Maui Alumni Dinner – “cattle” roping!|
|Thanks to Avery for hosting us at his Makani Olu ranch. Mahalo piha to the entire Maui Alumni network for such a wonderful gathering!|
All photographs, commentary and inaccuracies associated with Day 3 of Seminar 4 are attributable to blogger Miki K. Tomita.
Staying in the area, we then headed to Waipoli Hydroponics. The lettuce is beautiful growing in this system…and at the commercial scale.
Last stop of the day….shopping for a group dinner. We seemed to manage to pull together a great dinner for doing a little group down time.
|Rick Volner, Plantation General Manager.|
This 37,000 acre plantation produces sugar, molasses, mud, and… labor. Rick told us about their nationally recognized apprenticeship program, training welders, electricians, mechanics, and more, providing a great opportunity for their employees to move forward in their careers.
Robert Lu’uwai, VP of Farm Operations led us on an extensive, but not long enough tour of the mill.
You could feel, hear, and smell the mill at work. HC&S has truly embraced technology, from the automation of some processes allowing for a reduction in labor costs, investment in computer software to monitor mill mechanical efficiency and safety, and use of new methods in the field.
|Robert showing us the evaporators, which consume the largest amount of energy in the plant.|
|Garret Hew of East Maui Irrigation.|
|‘Iao Stream. You rarely see water that clear and clean looking on O’ahu!|
|Skippy Hau describing the different species of o’opu found in Maui streams.|
|Tour of the native garden at MISC with Chuck Chimera.|
|Dr. James Leary describing the HBT application method.|
|Brandi and Kirby first to give it a try.|
After returning to the yurts, we had the opportunity to hear from Teya Penniman, Manager at MISC, which receives over $1 million in funding from Maui County, by far the most of any county invasive species committee. On the top of the list for MISC is control of invasive pests such as the Little Fire Ant, Coqui frog, banana bunchy top. Teya mentioned that most instrumental in their efforts is public reporting. 643-PEST!!