Kuli`ou`ou Ridge Trail is a popular hike on O'ahu, HI used by thousands of residents and visitors each year. However, this hike is suffering from forest degradation due to land use change, invasive species, erosion from hikers cutting trails, heavy foot traffic, a rise in popularity and lack of state funding to properly maintain the trail.
Aloha Tree Alliance is working to change this by bringing together East Oahu community members, schools, tourists, and hiking groups across the island to plant native trees, restore the forest and trailhead to its native ecosystem, reduce soil erosion, increase forest diversity and build resilience in the face of global climate change.
1. Promoting health and well being by providing opportunities for the East Oahu community and Kuli`ou`ou trail users to plant native plants and trees and connect with the `aina in this beautiful ahupua`a.
2. Providing educational opportunities regarding reforestation, sustainable hiking practices, and caring for communities impacted by overuse and misuse of State lands adjacent to the Kuli`ou`ou community
3. Addressing trail erosion caused by hikers cutting through switchbacks by placing appropriate natural barriers and restoring native ground cover and trees along the trail.
4. Fostering stewardship of the site by engaging the community and trail users.
This project was made possible by the support of the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and State and Private Forestry, branch of the U.S. Forest Service, Region 5.
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