On Saturday, April 30th, Hawaii Community College Palamanui will be hosting a native landscaping day with the Kaiminani fire station to show appreciation for firefighters as part of International Firefighters' Day celebrations.
"Since 1999, INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS’ DAY has been set aside for the world to pause and honor, thank, and recognize the courage, skill, and fortitude of our firefighters.
Our Director and champion of community, Dr. Marty Fletcher has asked us to show our appreciation of our firefighters on April 30th, through our offer to them to remove invasive, fire prone fountain grass from around their fire station in gratitude for their protection. We will replace it with heavy mulch. Our History Professor and dryland forester, Dr. Richard Stevens has beautiful Ohai trees ready for outplanting. They will make a spectacular landscape splash of color and beauty, and each day, our firefighters will watch our appreciation grow. Their job of course, add water!
We hope that we can improve this landscape over time. We want this to act as a prototype for NATIVE FIREFIGHTERS’LANDSCAPES at every fire station in Hawai’i and beyond! Let’s at least begin this project, even if we just do one small area well!
If you have a native plant to plant, bring it! If it’s easy, please bring a truck, a load of mulch, you garden tools, and your Kaiminani Friends."