Kihei Youth Center members learned proper planting and mulching methods on an educational field trip to the Fleming Arboretum at Pu'u Mahoe on Dec. 28.
Each student learned to demonstrate proper planting, practicing as an instructor and project leader. Students then worked together to complete planting a 50-foot area with an attractive combination of native plants.
The arboretum provides educational programs to train and actively involve the community in conservation work, caring for some of Maui's rarest species while restoring Pu'u Mahoe's native forest.
Bramwell Abner of Kihei Youth Center practices as instructor and project leader, demonstrating the “stick method” — using a stick to gauge proper depth of planting — at Fleming Arboretum, during a field trip Dec. 28.
The Kihei Youth Center youth participate each semester in an educational program at the arboretum.