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Rene Siracusa Posted - 05/02/2019 : 15:41:39
Malama O Puna and Mainstreet Pahoa Assn are partnering with State DOT - Highways Div., Puna Community Policing, & Youth Challenge to weed, plant and maintain the roundabout, which was getting pretty seedy looking. A community workday has been scheduled for this Saturday, May 4 from 9 am to noon. If you would like to help beautify the entrance to Pahoa and the gateway to Puna makai, put on your best gardening outfit and meet us in front of Subway. If you can't physically attend but would like to support this effort, tax deductible donations will be accepted. Pls make checks payable to Malama O Puna, whose mailing address is POB 1520, Pahoa 96778. You will receive a receipt for the IRS.
mahalo plenty,
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Rene Siracusa Posted - 03/15/2020 : 11:41:51
It's been a while since I posted any updates. First, we had a lot of rain which caused us to cancel several work days.

Then I got sick, and I still am, so I am in no shape right now to oversee new plantings, although I do have ti and bromeliads that have been donated.

If anyone has energy, weeding always needs to be done and will vastly enhance the area. I can provide trash bags and safety vests if you give me some advance notice. A BIG MAHALO TO VOLUNTEERS!

Rene Siracusa Posted - 12/06/2019 : 16:54:47
We had a very effective workday on Nov. 30th. Two of the small medians were weeded and plantings added, and the long narrow median to the south/Kapoho side was planted with large walking iris. A nice thing about these iris is that they all bloom on the same day, making for quite a display. And they are fragrant. There is still room in that median for more plants, which we will install in December.

Due to the holidays we are only scheduling one group workday this month: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 am to noon.

You are all invited to turn out and help beautify the entrance to Pahoa and Puna Makai, by tending our community garden at the Pahoa Roundabout. Consider your volunteering your Xmas present to Pahoa.

Question? post it here.
mahalo and malama pono,

Rene Siracusa Posted - 11/19/2019 : 12:59:32
One of the first plantings we did last January was the Manila Palms in the pots. They have been growing well. The reason: That median was the only place where we could plant trees without obstructing line of sight for drivers.

However, there is not much depth for roots. So the pots are acting like raised beds. The bottoms are cut out of them. There are about 18" from the bottom of the roots (when we first planted them) to the bottoms of the pots, and then another 6" or so of pretty poor soil. We fertilize.

There are site limitations that we have to deal with. (1) All plants need to be able to handle full sun. (2) Because there is very little soil under the wood chips, we are choosing plants that don't have deep root systems. (3) We have to be careful that plant placement will not block drivers' view of oncoming traffic, so tall bushy plants have to be sited carefully for public safety.

If you would like to suggest some plants that fit these parameters, we would be willing to consider them. Thank you for your interest. We would like to invite you to join our next workday on Sat., Nov. 30, so that you can see first hand the situations discussed above.

mahalo and malama pono,
laurarice Posted - 11/16/2019 : 19:51:57
Why did they put plant in pots there? I don't think they will thrive.

Rene Siracusa Posted - 11/07/2019 : 13:10:48
We were rained out several times in October, so we have some catching up to do. Next group workdays have been set for Saturday, Nov. 16 and 30 from 9 to 11 am.

Wear gardening attire, sturdy shoes, hat,and bring water. Malama O Puna will provide safety vests, gloves, tools and positive re-enforcement (i.e., hugs).

See you then - a hui hou,
Rene Siracusa Posted - 08/28/2019 : 13:49:35
It's the positive feedback and community support that keeps us going. Thanks for providing some of that.

descodave Posted - 08/27/2019 : 09:36:08
I/We don’t know you, but just wanted to say Thankyou SO much for all of the hard work you (Rene) & other workers are putting into this (we used to do landscape maintenance & it’s ALOT of work - especially in the Tropics because of the amount of weeds & the heat!)! P#257;hoa town could use a little “sprucing up” ! THANKYOU so much!
Rene Siracusa Posted - 08/26/2019 : 12:53:08
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 from 9 to 11 is the next scheduled group work day. We have more planting to do at the Kalapana sign median.

GOOD NEWS: Malia Ka'awaloa's 9th grade class will be giving back to the community on the 2nd of our two monthly workdays by weeding at the Roundabout on a regular basis. About 10-15 students will take part in this community beautification project. Way to go, kids! and a BIG MAHALO TO YOU!
Rene Siracusa Posted - 08/13/2019 : 11:57:39
This SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th from 9 to 11 is our next Planting Day. We will start working on a different median: the small Kalapana sign one. First we will weed it to prepare for the planting. then Dark red ti will flank the sign, large orange bromeliads will will be planted in the sign center, front and back. And then small almost-black bromeliads will encircle the big orange ones to set them off. If time allows, we will add native silver pohinahina as filler.

Bring your cameras to document our progress and share on Facebook.

See you Saturday. A hui hou,
Rene Siracusa Posted - 07/31/2019 : 13:02:30
Despite the fact that the roundabout is practically next door to the Pahoa police station and that the cops drive past it many times each day, no one reported that there was damage done except me. So they don't know who the driver was or the insurance company. No way to get reimbursed for the cost of the damages. Shucks.

Good news: Sanford's Cinders has agreed to provide free cinder and/or cinder/soil for the project. Mahalo Sanford's.
Rene Siracusa Posted - 07/26/2019 : 09:50:35
Thanks, Carey -
I'll look into it.

Carey Posted - 07/25/2019 : 16:10:46
There should be a report on the damage....ask Puna for the report # & keep checking... most of these types of reports go from Puna to Hilo & seem to get lost in Hilo.... unless someone keeps checking....
Rene Siracusa Posted - 07/25/2019 : 12:55:29
The wood chips have been removed from the road and the sign is once again upright. I just purchased replacement pots. Considering rocks. I will start replanting this week. Volunteers?

I don't know if the driver was caught. I left a note for our community policing officer asking if they know who the driver is so that I can contact the insurance company. No response yet.

Carey Posted - 07/25/2019 : 07:22:25
Rene, I as not aware of the damage when I posted...
I do hope that the driver is on the hook for the damage (definitely, if they have insurance, the insurance should cover, if no insurance, maybe a court order..
EightFingers Posted - 07/24/2019 : 11:19:21
Time to plant some big rocks.
Extra points if you make them into planters.

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