We are attacking the invasive mangrove on all sides and the results are pretty visible. The mangrove is retreating. Last Saturday, April 18, Larry Conklin and his crane, together with Jim Campbell’s professional tree trimming crew, attacked the mangrove from the harbor side of the Puali Stream for the second time. They created some big gaps along the stream, exposing many young coconut trees (niu). These are the types of trees that want to keep, as they have given Niumalu its name.
At the same time, hoards of Kauai High School students descended onto the field to clear it of the mangrove debris. By forming long lines, the 85-strong students managed to fill a bin to the brim with cut-up logs, and they kept the chipper fed with branches and roots until it could handle no more.
Mahalo to the many KHS students and teachers who worked so well together to help take back Niumalu from the invasive mangrove. It was a productive Earth Day.
Perhaps the most effective attack during the past week has come from our hui of mad menehune. Armed with blazing chainsaws, they infiltrated the mangrove along the stream, pushed back the mangrove front where the biggest trees grew, punched a couple of holes in the center of the mangrove to expose the harbor on the other side of the Puali, and cleared a path at the back going out toward the small boat harbor. With so much cut and cleared, the menehune then took advantage of the high tide on Tuesday evening to move the boardwalk, which was mostly floating at the time. It is now much closer to the retreating mangrove. Mahalo to those who worked in the mangrove mostly unseen: Buddy, Mark, Colin, Frank, Pepe, Mike, Scotty, Jan and Steve