The Chipper gets christened by the Greens, Clemens and
As we are all aware, water is a major issue on Lani and the
current drought has only exacerbated the situation. While we
cannot do anything about the lack of rain, we can do something
about the health of the Lana'ihale which is the key to
replenishing the aquifer. After working with Christine Costales
and her team from the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project last
March to help clear invasive species from the Hale, the magnitude
of the problem was brought home to many of us that day. As a
result, we told Christine that we would like to continue support
their work. Because of this expressed interest, Christine came to
us in July to ask for help on a matter of urgency.
Apparently the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project had just
received their long-awaited new chipper, but there was a problem.
The chipper did not have a winch which is essential to their
operations. In order to get a winch, the machine would have to be
sent back to Honolulu and an entirely new machine with a winch
would have to be shipped over to Lanai. If the project was able
to provide the additional $6,500 needed to purchase the machine
with a winch, the supplier would bear the cost of shipping, but
they needed to have an answer within a week. Having no funds
available to cover the added cost of the chipper, Christine
turned to us.
On July 29th the Clemens and the Greens sent out the request to
Island Club Members for donations to purchase the winch and
within about 36 hours we had commitments totaling $6,500 and the
pledges kept coming. In the end, twenty-three Island Club members
have donated a total of $12,800. We were overwhelmed with the
response. The excess funds have been earmarked to support
continuing efforts to clear the Lana'ihale of invasive species
and re-establish native plants. In the meantime, there has been
another significant development. Jay, who heads up the Maui Nui
Seabird Recovery Project for the University of Hawaii, recently
approached us about committing to provide 534 volunteer hours of
work on the Hale over the course of 2011. He wanted to use this
commitment to meet the requirements to apply for a $100,000 grant
from The National Fish and Wildlive Foundation. After talking
with a number of Island Club Members, we told him that we feel
that we can meet this commitment.
So, if you are interested in participating, please let us know.
We will let you know when we are scheduled to work and you can
join in as many times as you wish. We are also hoping that Jay
Penniman will be able to come to Lanai sometime over the holidays
to give a presentation on the Hale project and answer any
questions you might have. He would also like to take any
interested people on a field trip to see what they are doing.
Once this is scheduled, we will be sure to let you know.
Hopefully, we will be able to find a time when the majority of
you are on the island. As you can see, there's a lot going on and
we want to once again thank you for your generous support and
interest in this important project.