On January 17, a big crane moved on to the edge of Niumalu Beach Park to help with the mangrove removal. Its 40 foot boom swung over the wet and muddy ground and returned with huge clumps of mangrove – branches, roots, whole trees. It dropped the stuff onto the park grounds where we cut it up into bin-size pieces. Then the crane picked of bundles of those pieces and deposited them into the three 30 yard roll-off bins we had waiting.
Buddy Keala, who had arranged all of this with Larry Conklin and his crew of 2, estimated that we got the equivalent of 4 months of manual work done on that one day with the crane. Mahalo, Buddy.
But that was not the only thing going on that Saturday. While the crane operations were in full swing at the end of the park, 16 Kaua’i High School National Honor Society students were working a bucket brigade to move previously cut mangrove along the board walk to where the mangrove will be chipped. It was a day of great team work that resulted in big piles of wood for the chipper. Mahalo to Mason Chock, Leah Aiwohi, and Malia Chun for coordinating. And Mahalo nui to the students who gave up a Saturday to malama ‘aina.