Kaneloa is conceived during in early January 2015.
First official planting of 2015 with Hui Kapehe from December 31 through January 9. Planted a`ali`i, mao `o hele, aweoweo, `ohai, wiliwili. Completed mouse survey, pueo survey, and fish (roi) survey. Added fertilizer tank inline from main irrigation catchment tank, performed kiawe eradication and base camp maintenance, K1-K2 (road) maintenance, weather station data collection and replacement of required pieces.
During the springtime in March, I had a second opportunity to do out-plantings in the Nakula Natural Area Reserve. We planted 2,500 māmane, a`ali`i, `ōhia, `ōhelo, `ākala with the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project.
Managed kitchen and assisted with island ops during access during April 24 through 28th with Pacific American Foundation and crew of I am Haloa.
Assisted in island ops during access in May with Kihei Charter School.
Managed kitchen and assisted with island ops with Ka Pa Hula `O Lei Lehua and PKO during early June.
Planting at Kihei Boat Ramp (plants provided by Maui Nui Botanical Gardens) on June 22, 2015 (wiliwili, `ohelo kai, `ilima,ihi, ipomea, naupaka kahakai.)
Headed back to Kanaloa with Hui Kapehe and the ocean program on June 23. On June 26 and June 30, we were joined by additional interns, Hawaiian Canoe Club and members of PKO (Protect Kaho’olawe Ohana.) We departed on July 3. During this access, a Honokanaia cultural site was 90% cleared, and kiawe chipped and put into 2,500 brown trash bags. PKO and HCC worked with Hui Kapehe at the Kaneloa worksite and created future planting sites. A native/non-native fish survey, a pueo survey,and island maintenance was also performed. Cultural projects included making traditional kihei, soaked from the `aina.
During early August, we participated in the 23rd annual Hawaii Conservation Conference held in Hilo, Hawai`i, attended by leaders such as Walter Ritte, William Alia, Ua Ritte, and Guy Na`ehu. Participated in rare plantings of `uhi`uhi, lama, and hale pepe at Pu`u Wa`awa`a in southern Kona. We also visited the one of the Ka`ohe project sites palila habitat and captured HD photos of several palia, which are critically endangered. The largest naio tree seen in this `iliahi enclosure is almost 6 feet wide. The `iliahi canopy was at least 30 feet high, and the aweoweo were taller than the group of 20, as well – an amazing experience in a native endemic forest. We got to visit the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, some of the largest wiliwili trees left in northern Kona.
Returned for another Hui Kapehe access to assist with island ops on August 14 through 18th.
In early October joined the Mauna Kea Forest Bird Recovery Project in planting 3,500 koa and a`ali`i at Pu`u Mali in Ka`ohe Project area.
Boat crew on October 15 as KIRC Resource ops. Delivered 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel with Ohua captains Lopaka White and Grant Thompson.
In late November, Kaneloa adopted its first forest at the D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu`u Mahoe with two subsequent service trips in December to assist the caretaker, Martha Vockrodt-Moran, in her venture to secure a permanent seed bank for the last remaining dryland forest on Maui.
In December of 2015, Kaneloa participated in the annual winter solstice bird count alongside Lynx Gallagher from Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project and Forest and Kim Starr from Starr Environmental.