Koke‘e volunteers needed Saturday for National Public Lands Day projects

As part of the celebration of the National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, residents are being asked to help with making improvements in Koke‘e State Park that day.

The work will mark the fifth year residents will be helping out, according to Frank O’ Hay, a cabin owner in the state park and a spokesman for cabin lessees in the park.

The one-day event is being sponsored by the Hui O Laka Natural History Museum in cooperation with the state parks division of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The various projects include:

  • Installing logs along Canyon Trail, a job begun by Hui O Laka volunteers this spring with the help of DLNR staffers assigned to take care of the park. The work involves the use of picks and shovels.
  • Painting the interior of “Barracks B” at the historic Civilian Conservation Corps. camp. Preparation work has been done, and painting can be done immediately.

    The cabin was built in 1935 by about 100 men who lived in Koke‘e, planted trees and built trails and lookouts.

    The work was part of the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which was initiated by then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to revive the faith of the nation during the Depression of the 1930s.

    Through the conservation program enacted by the law, three million young men worked in projects aimed at curbing the destruction and erosion of natural resources across America. The project was considered the most popular experiment in Roosevelt’s New Deal program to revitalize the nation.

  • Restoration of areas around the camp and removing weeds from Canyon Trail with Kay Koike. Clippers and gloves are needed for the work.

    Lunch will be provided by Patty Isoshima.

    For more information on the activities for the one-day event, please call 335-9975.

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