PLANT A NATIVETREE
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Last updated: MARCH 10, 2012,




Welcome to the PLANT A NATIVE TREE Campaign website. Started in December, 2009, by the Windward Ahupua`a Alliance, the PLANT Campaign has been set up to collect enough financial & in-kind contributions over the next several years to plant one tree for each person living in Hawai`i.

That's approximately 1.4 million trees with an estimated wholesale value of $26,000,000. The money will come from individual & corporate donations, private & public sector grants, and special event fund-raisers. What we can't afford to buy will come from a lot of tree keiki.

Please join us as we plan how we will provide these trees to be planted on public or private land all across the state - a school campus, a church, a nearby park, a retirement community, a commercial parking lot, or someone's front yard. The only requirements for the tree's placement are that the site be selected and the planting team be provided by people living or working in the community where it will be planted, that it be cared for - water, trimming when needed - by community volunteers, and that it be visible, if not accessible, to the public.

The Windward Ahupua`a Alliance will be accepting tax-deductible donations for purchasing native trees for its PLANT A NATIVE TREE CAMPAIGN. You can make a secure on-line donation by clicking HERE or on WAA's website at http://www.waa-hawaii.org or by sending an old-fashioned check to the address below.

All $$$ donations will be placed in a restricted fund to cover the CAMPAIGN's costs.



The PLANT A NATIVE TREE Backstory

Not knowing about WAA's efforts, State Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland submitted a resolution during the 2010 Session on behalf of the Legislature's KEIKI CAUCUS requesting the establishment of a statewide service project to plant one million trees by October, 2010, as part of the annual Children And Youth Month Celebration.

NOTE: That deadline was not met and is probably at least five years away from being met.

According to the Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs Committee Report, SR 12 SD 1 was amended to incorporate language from another proposed KEIKI CAUCUS resolution:


Amends the title to read: REQUESTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STATEWIDE SERVICE PROJECT TO PLANT ONE MILLION TREES AND CLEAN BEACHES ACROSS THE STATE BY OCTOBER 2010 AS PART OF THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH MONTH CELEBRATION;

Requests the Hawaii State Legislature's KEIKI CAUCUS, Children and Youth Month Planning Committee, and Kanu Hawai`i, in partnership with other community organizations, to establish and coordinate a statewide service project to plant one million trees and clean beaches across the State by October 2010, as part of the Children and Youth Month celebration, and when feasible, to log their efforts on the Kanu Hawai`i website: http://www.kanuhawaii.org/milliontreesofaloha;

Requests the KEIKI CAUCUS, with the assistance of Kanu Hawai`i, to establish Malama o ke Kahakai, a public service project for volunteers to care for Hawai`i's beaches by picking up litter and debris, (to) encourage community groups, churches, businesses, and individuals to pick up litter and debris and beautify beaches across the islands, and (to) log their efforts on the Kanu Hawai`i website: http://www.kanuhawaii.org/caringforourbeaches;

When I found out about SR12 SD1, I let Sen. Chun Oakland & others know that we were working on the same goal. Their tree planting will also take place in all four counties but only on public lands.



HERE ARE FIVE WAYS FOR YOU TO GET INVOLVED

FIRST: Become a member of the PLANTCAMPAIGN Planning Committee.

SECOND: Help us raise enough money to buy these trees & to cover the other costs by making a secure on-line donation HERE or on WAA's website at http://www.waa-hawaii.org

THIRD: We also need to get the word out to individuals & businesses who might be willing to become a major CAMPAIGN sponsor. What a major CAMPAIGN sponsor would mean is something to discuss on a one-2-one basis, but it would be a combination of money and volunteers.

Unfortunately, our grant applications to three local foundations have been turned down so for now we have to raise all the money ourselves.

FOURTH: Please help us find volunteers to work on the PLANT CAMPAIGN. We need someone to handle social media outreach, work at various fund-raisers, write grants & organize personal solicitation drives, coordinate the volunteers, etc. etc.

FIFTH: we also need contact information for groups & organizations who would be interested in having us come to the next school or community association or service club meeting to talk about the PLANT CAMPAIGN and to answer questions.

Again, if you'd like to make a secure on-line tax-deductible donation of any amount, click PayPal button:

Or, if you'd like, you can send us a check made payable to the Windward Ahupua`a Alliance - be sure to note on the memo line that it is for the PLANT Campaign.

Yes, it's going to take a lot of money and a lot of volunteers of all ages to meet our collective goal of ONE TREE FOR EACH PERSON IN HAWAI`I, but just imagine the impact these trees will have!



Shannon Wood, President
Windward Ahupua`a Alliance;
PLANT CAMPAIGN
P.O. Box 6366
Kane`ohe, HI 96744
Voicemail 808/247-6366; Cellular numbers: 808/223-4481 or 808/224-4496 (personal)
Websites: http://www.waa-hawaii.org; http://www.plantanativetree.org
E-mails: info@waa-hawaii.org; info@plantanativetree.org