Lualualei Press Release
STATE AND THE COMMUNITY WORK TOGETHER TO MITIGATE DUST IN LUALUALEI
Community plants 600 native plants along Navy Road
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the Malama Learning Center, Nani O Waianae, PVT Land Company, U.S. Navy, local students, teachers, and the broader community, is pleased to announce the launch of a planting project to help control dust along the Navy Road in Lualualei Valley. The pilot project included the planting of 600 native coastal plants.
The Malama Learning Center worked with local public high schools (Kapolei, Nanakuli, Waianae, Pearl City, and Kahuku) to grow the plants with funding from the State Environmental Justice program of $2,150.
The six species of native Hawaiian plants, akia, naupaka, aalii, pohinahina, mao, and ilima, were planted by over 30 community volunteers on June 9, 2013. PVT Land Company provided technical assistance, and continues to water the plants to ensure they thrive in their new environment.
The pilot site covered approximately 50 feet of the road near the PVT Land Company landfill. This project was initiated after the Nanakuli Dust Study (prepared for DOH in December, 2011) recommended “that DOH work closely with the community in conjunction with PVT and the Navy base to initiate a plan to address the bare dirt pullout sections (berm) on either side of Lualualei Road.”
All partners involved look forward to continuing in this project and seeing more of the makai portion of Lualualei Road lined with native plants.
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Last update: 07/07/2015