We started our volunteer week struggling to see how these beautiful, delicious plants could be so damaging—unable to differentiate the red, silky smooth Guava tree trunks from their surroundings. We ended our volunteer week overwhelmed with the scale that the Himalayan Ginger, Strawberry Guava, and Florida Blackberry still cover across the entire island despite KRCP’s continued efforts.
On our hikes, after our volunteer experience, we found ourselves sharing what we had learned with other travelers, teaching them what to look for and sharing knowledge about these issues, so they too could understand the need for native plant preservation in Kauai.
The more we share our story about our volunteer experience, the more we can spread KRCP’s mission globally about the need to maintain Kauai’s natural biodiversity. We knew going into our week with the program that we were going to learn more about the world around us. What we didn’t prepare for is how much we would be truly enriched, inspired, and impacted by our volunteer experience. So much so, that we’ve already started planning for next year’s trip.
To learn more about KRCP or to volunteer yourself, visit KRCP’s website.
Alicia, Art Director, and Cecilia, Executive Assistant, are a couple of adventure-seeking Smartwooligans. We love their off-the-beaten-path experience volunteering in Hawaii. They arrived to learn about local flora and remove invasive plants. They left with a new perspective on what it takes to maintain and care for a tropical paradise.
Planning your own tropical trip? Check out Alicia and Cecilia's tips on what to pack for warm weather adventure in Merino wool!