Rounding up the poka

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mei Mei Andrade, Haawina Andrade

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Carol Pratt, Sharron Weber, Christine Matsumoto, Sandy Howatt, Lorraine Wichman, Natalie Koziarski, Dale Rosenfeld, Bill Peterson

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jessica Krebs, Pohaku West, Spencer Kashiwa

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Paul Togioka

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ella Kimokeo, Carol Lim, Shirley Simbre-Medeiros, Phyllis Correa

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Klaine Kuapahi, Sonya Wilhelm

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Darryl Gonzales, Greg Nobriga

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Makaylah Andres

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kauluwehi Andrade, Mei Mei Andrade

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jenna Hess, Renee Goff, Lauren Hodde, Tea Peace, Martell Benitez - Oahu

Hui o Laka, the sponsoring organization behind the annual Banana Poka Round Up, describes the event as “a lively forest education fair,” and this year’s event was no exception.

A steady stream of people flowed uphill to the historic Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, braving the misty weather.

Patrons created baskets using the woody vines of the Banana Poka, an invasive plant species that at one time threatened the Kokee forests. There were keiki activities, including creating walking sticks from the invasive strawberry guava, Hawaiian entertainment, crafts, exhibits from state agencies and groups doing work in the forests, food, and a silent auction.

The inclement weather forced some of the exhibits inside the cabins of the CCC Camp, allowing patrons a glimpse at the work being done to restore the facility.

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