Monday, June 08, 2009

National Trails Day Trail Cleanup at Pu'uwa'awa'a

Yesterday was the National Trails Day volunteer day at Pu'uwa'awa'a. About 50 volunteers cleared a section of the Reservation trail. The work part looked something like this:

It doesn't look like hard work, but four miles of bending and tossing leave an old person like myself fairly sore.

The 'ohia were in bloom, and provided a nice visual backdrop for our work. Click on pictures for larger versions.

The spikey leaves behind the yellow ohia lehua are silver oak, an invasive species planted in abundance many years ago at Pu'uwa'awa'a.

When we finished, we adjourned to the new pavilion at the top of the pu'u. Nearby were new plantings, like these mao hau hele, a native hibiscus, Hawaii's state flower:

So I'm back blogging, having restored my computer to good health, no thanks to BitDefender, my former anti-virus program. BitDefender allowed an infection (I think coming in through Google Chrome) which rendered the computer useless for three weeks, during which BitDefender's alleged "Support" sent me file after file of diagnostic tests to run, and then failed to offer any suggestions or any actual, you know, support.

So hooray for being back, hooray for National Trails Day, and Down With BitDefender.

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