Download the complete newsletter here: Autumn 2016 Waimea Outdoor Circle newsletter
This past year has been an exciting and productive one for Waimea Outdoor Circle and Ulu La’u-the Waimea Nature Park. One of the highlights took place on April 9, 2016 at the blessing ceremony for our new Educational Center, made possible through the generosity of our members, grants from public and private foundations, The Outdoor Circle and many volunteer hours from our local residents. Designing and constructing a simple, multi-purpose building that is ADA accessible and can serve as an education center, among other things, was a component of the Park Management Plan created in 2002. With its completion, we are now able to offer an attractive covered space for environmental education classes, meetings and community events.
Looking forward to the long term future of Ulu La’au and its sustainability, Hawaii County’s Parks & Recreation Department is now assisting the WOC with general maintenance, including mowing, trash removal and water usage for the native plants. With this Memorandum of Understanding in place, we are hopeful that the incoming administration will recognize the value of Ulu La’au and continue to honor the agreement we entered into with the County earlier this year. We are so proud to provide this beautiful open space to the public and it would not be possible without the hard work of our dedicated members and park volunteers.
As a branch of The Outdoor Circle, Hawaii’s oldest environmental organization, we continue to work together on a daily basis to protect Hawaii’s natural beauty from unsightly signage and visual blight. We have recently been reminded of the value of large shade trees during some of the hottest days many of us can remember in Waimea. All of us must continue to advocate for our trees, whether it’s to protect existing ones or by planting more in a responsible manner.
Thank you for your continued support of Waimea Outdoor Circle. We appreciate your contributions and all you do to help us keep Hawaii clean, green and beautiful.