Tons of Rock, Heaps of Fun

Posted by Keli'i Kotubetey on August 27, 2014

August was a very productive month, not by our normal measure of visiting kids. It was productive in terms of volunteer hours, tons of rocks moved, feet of wall built and by two groups in particular: Hawaiian Airlines staffers and members of the US Air Force.

Approximately 40 staffers from Hawaiian Airlines descended (like that?) upon Heʻeia Fishpond in the middle of August to help our gang move as much pōhaku as they could from our parking lot over to our tent area where a new wall is being built. This was all done by hand and 5-gallon bucket. No John Deere Gator necessary. Just pure people power complimented by smiles and words of encouragement. We are very very thankful to Debbie Nakanelua-Richards for organizing the work party and all the employees who attended. Their work was especially critical as it was the prep necessary for an uhau humu pōhaku (dry stack wall building) workshop the next day.

At the end of the month, approximately 35 members of the US Air Force landed (like that?) at the fishpond to finish moving the pile of rocks that Hawaiian Airlines employees started. Except that one more pile had been delivered on top of the original load. So they had their work cut out for them. But true to their motto “Aim High”, this group accomplished so much more than we anticipated! We had to work faster to make room for the rock they were moving. And special mahalo to the braddah who volunteered his truck to make things move faster. Mahalo to the men and women of the Air Force who volunteered on that hot Friday, your efforts were truly appreciated.

And Mahalo to all those who have volunteered over the years. Please know that all of who work here at the pond, including the fishpond itself, are humbled by your service and grateful for your dedication. Mahalo piha!

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