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Students help out at HELCO Arbor Day giveaway

Students from Kua O Ka La PCS partnered with HELCO, Hooulu Lahui, and Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program to distribute 400 native trees at the 9th Annual Arbor Day tree giveaway. (Photo courtesy of HELCO)


In partnership with Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, Hooulu Lahui, and Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) gave away 400 native trees Nov. 6 at the 9th annual Arbor Day tree giveaway.

To protect our island environment, a variety of organizations across the state routinely organize educational events where trees and shrubs are given away.

“The partnership established between Kua O Ka La Public Charter School and HELCO helps benefit the students, our community, and the environment,” said Jay Ignacio, HELCO president. “The program gives our community an opportunity to support our island’s unique plants while providing the students with a very valuable educational experience.”

The trees that were given away were ohia, koa, puhala, lama, niu, kou, and kukui. Kua O Ka La students cared for the trees and compiled a newsletter to distribute with the trees. Information on how to properly plant, site, and care for the tree also was distributed.

Students and instructors were on-hand to educate the public on how to care for their trees as well as point out the cultural significance of the native plants that were given away.

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