Posted on: December 15, 2011

Christmas Tree Pull at Haleakala National Park on Sunday, December 18

 

 If you missed Haleakala National Park's annual
Christmas Tree Pull last weekend, there's a second chance to
participate, through Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on
Vacation service trip on Sunday, December 18.
 
Through this service trip to Haleakala National Park, you'll help to
remove invasive Mexican Weeping Pines that are encroaching on the
park. If you'd like, you can bring home one of those trees to add some
holiday greenery to your house.
 
"Please note that Mexican Weeping Pines do not resemble a classic
Christmas tree," says Blake Moore, Vessel Staff Manager at Pacific
Whale Foundation and the team leader for this Sunday's event.
"However, with a little creativity, they can be 'dressed up' for the
holidays to provide a free and eco-friendly alternative to Christmas
trees that are shipped in from thousands of miles away."
 
"Removing weeping pines and other invasive species from the park will
help to make room for the Hawaiian native plants -- an eco-gift that
you are giving to our beautiful national park," says Moore. "In return
for your five hours of volunteer service, you'll also receive a free
tote bag from Pacific Whale Foundation."
 
This service trip is free; park admission fees and transportation are
covered for you. Simply wear warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed
shoes and bring water and lunch.
 
 You can choose from two locations to meet the volunteer group:
1. In front of the Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store, located at
the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops at 1:00 pm
 
2. In the parking lot of the Tavares Community Center in Pukalani at 1:30 pm.
 
Reservations are required: Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at
(808) 249-8811 ext. 1 in advance.
 
The service trip to Haleakala is held twice monthly and is one of the
ways that Maui residents and visitors can donate their time in support
of the environment through Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on
Vacation program. Other service projects include helping remove
invasive plants at the beautiful and remote Honokowai Valley near
Lahaina, working at the Hawaiian Island Land Trust reserve in Waihee
and helping to maintain an oceanside  trail, pick up litter and remove
invasive species in South Maui. You can also help with beach
clean-ups, work at an organic farm and more. To learn more, visit
www.volunteersonvacation.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808)
249-8811 ext. 1.