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					                                                                                               Rich     Wellsheim (Hawai‘i – F
                                                                                                                  (Hawai i Farmer/Rancher Grant)
                                                                                               Ri h von W ll h i (H    i‘i       /R   h G     t)

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Project Number: FW04-114                                                                         O j i
                                                                                                 Objectives:                                                                                                            Maui s
                                                                                                                                                                                             The project reached two of Maui’s large agricultural producers:
Title: Creating a Culture of Bamboo                                                                1 Educate agricultural producers on Maui about the many values and uses of
                                                                                                   1.                                                                                           •      Maui Land and Pine ( i
                                                                                                                                                                                                           i                        l l       i ) is looking b b f
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 d d i (pineapple plantation) i l ki at bamboo for
                                                                                                   bamboo                                                                                              controlling wind and water erosion along field borders and unstable
Project Coordinator:
   j                                                                                                                                                                                                                    elevations
                                                                                                                                                                                                       slopes in higher elevations.
                                                                                                   2.              large-scale
                                                                                                   2 Stimulate a large scale conversion from potentially harmful agriculture practices
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  Rich     W ll h i                                                                                                                                                                             •                   Partners,             4,500         Hāna
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hāna Ranch Partners which owns 4 500 acres in Hāna, is
                                                                                                   to those that help ensure agricultural sustainability
  Ola Honua Reforestation d Whi
  Ol Ho u Refo est tio and W spe i g Wi ds B boo
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                                       Winds  b                                                                                                                                                        considering a trial with bamboo as a way to diversify its cattle
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                                                                                                                                                                                             Th project’s educational efforts also succeeded in reaching the general
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                                                                                                                                                                                             I addition to its Western SARE grant, “Creating a Culture of Bamboo,” Ola
                                                                                                                                                                                             Honua received a second g t, FW04 115, “Ag f
                                                                                                                                                                                             H           i d                                        t y d Reforestation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       d grant, FW04-115, “Agroforestry and R f  t ti
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                                                                                                                                                                                             Workshop.” The p house and workshop drew 36 people, who learned of   d f
  Dean Johnston, Professor                                                                                                                                                                     f    t ti    ff t , ll g i lly derived, Ola Honua’s 175 acres.
                                                                                                                                                                                             reforestation efforts, all organically d i d, on Ol H      ’
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                                                                                                                                                                                             Among the practices showcased:
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          plantings as mulch and compost
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                                                                                                          Bamboo t t           i tubes.         W k move plants at Ol H
                                                                                                                                                Workers     l t t Ola Honua on th slopes
                                                                                                                                                                                the l           •      Use of heavy g
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   y grass cover to smother guava and other invasive plants
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                                                                                                                                                        of Haleakalā near Hāna                  •      The addition of nitrogen fixing trees adding fertility and organic
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  djohnsto@hawaii edu                   Rich von Wellsheim with young bamboo plants in the       Actions:
                                                                                                 A ti                                                                                                  matter
                                              Whispering Winds Bamboo greenhouse.
Western SARE Grant: $4 816
                    $4,816                                                                         The project t     quickly l     d th t       f th fi t b i      h dt
                                                                                                   Th p j t team q i kly learned that one of the first barriers it had to overcome
                                                                                                   w s     isco ceptio b t b b
                                                                                                                          bou      boo,       ely th t is i v sive species th t will
                                                                                                   was a misconception about bamboo, namely that it is an invasive species that will
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                                                                                                   take over l d         Running types of bamboo (monopodial) can spread rapidly if
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  As Hawai‘i agriculture continues to evolve from its traditional sugar and
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                                                                                                   not controlled. B Ol Honua is promoting clumping bamboo types (sympodial).  di l)
  pineapple base to one of greater diversity the need grows to find crops that                     To help
                                                                                                   T h l counter concerns, Ola Honua refined its education approach and now has
                                                                                                                             Ol H        fi d i d        i        h d       h
  have both commercial value and minimal negative impacts on the                                              i            i    f       diff        di
                                                                                                   two PowerPoint presentations for two different audiences:
                                                                                                   1.                   bamboo                       species,
                                                                                                   1 A focus on growing bamboo, including details on species uses and what is
  Ola Honua which operates Whispering Winds Bamboo located in the                                  required
     p            y Maui,
  Kīpahulu Valley of Maui, has undertaken the task of reforestation on 175 acres
   f deforested t pi l l d Th gh a combination of p
  of d f    t d tropical land. Through         bi ti              lt      d large-
                                                         f permaculture and l g                    2 A broader focus that includes the value-added potential of bamboo in industry
      l f      t ti , Ola Honua i pl ti g a variety of native H
  scale reforestation, Ol H       is planting                         ii trees,
                                                    i ty f ti Hawaiian t        ,                Results:
  including trees f f d and ti b t
  i l di t                                   that fix it        d bamboo.
                   for food d timber, trees th t fi nitrogen and b b                                                                                                                             Whispering winds p p g
                                                                                                                                                                                                  hi p i g i d propagates clumping,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              l pi g,                     l    look bamboo planted at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A close l k at b b pl     d
                                                                                                   From its educational efforts the project team marked several achievements:
  The b b
  The bamboo, more th 40 v ieties, is g ow fo th ee main markets: nursery
           boo, o e than 0 varieties, is grown for three i        kets: u se y                                                                                                                    or sympodial varieties of bamboo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     sympodial,             bamboo                                    Honua
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ola Honua.

  plants, edible shoots and timber poles. By planting bamboo, Ola Honua is
   l       dibl h         d i b      l B l i b b              Ol H       i                            •       Six articles on bamboo were published in a local newspaper The
                                                                                                                                                                                           Potential Benefits:
  replacing overgrazed ranch land with a permanent ground cover. Bamboo, it
     l i              d      hl d ih                      d cover Bamboo i
                                                                       b                                      Haleakalā Times:
                                                                                                                                                                                             Bamboo,       h project’s final
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  j              is “poster child for
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                                                                                                                                                                                             B b says the project’s fi l report, i a “poster child” f sustainability.
  contends can:                                                                                               o     Creating a Culture of Bamboo                                             A
                                                                                                                                                                                             Among its values are these:
                                                                                                                                                                                                   i     l          h
     •       limit il       i
             li it soil erosion                                                                               o     Bamboo – The New Lumber?                                                    •         i p        i l plant ff i g          t i d
                                                                                                                                                                                                       It is a perennial pl t offering a sustained annual h        t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           l harvest.
     •       eliminate the runoff of effluent into the ocean                                                                                                                                    •          li i t the         d for yearly plowing d planting, hi h
                                                                                                                                                                                                       It eliminates th need f y ly pl i g and pl ti g, which
                                                                                                              o     Bamboo Is All about Romance
     •       provide years of income-producing product
                              income producing                                                                                                                                                          li i t        il     i      d p t t th
                                                                                                                                                                                                       eliminates soil erosion and protects the watershed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       t h d
                                                                                                              o                                   Kīpah l
                                                                                                                    Tales of Kalo and Bamboo from Kīpahulu                                      •         is di          i t t, li i ti g th         d f pesticides.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       It i disease-resistant, eliminating the need for p ti id
     •       enhance the quality of life for farmers and ranchers                                                                                                                               •      It i a hi h yield renewable resources with multiple uses, including as
                                                                                                                                                                                                          is high-yield
                                                                                                                                                                                                               high i ld          bl               ith   lti l        i l di
                                                                                                              o     L     How to L d p ith O        t lB b
                                                                                                                    Learn H t Landscape with Ornamental Bamboo
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  “This is alternative tropical agriculture at i b ” says Ola Honua “and our
                   i       i l     i l             best,
                                               its best     l Honua, and d                                                                                                                             food, f i          fl i      h l b l         i db k
                                                                                                                                                                                                       f d furniture, flooring, shelter belts, windbreaks and fence posts.
  project grant proposes to share this technology with the major landowners on                                o     The Bamboo Romance I H ti g Up
                                                                                                                    Th B b R           Is Heating Up                                            •      It is h
                                                                                                                                                                                                       I i the strongest and f               i        d l
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              d fastest growing woody plant.
  the island of Maui."                                                                                •       S
                                                                                                              Seven p     t ti      bamboo  h d     people.
                                                                                                                    presentation on b b reached 582 p pl                                        •      I releases 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       It l                              h           i l        d f
                                                                                                                                                                                                       helping              h ozone
                                                                                                                                                                                                       h l i to protect the ozone.
                                                                                                      •       Th presentations generated a contact list of 218 people who want more
                                                                                                              The       t ti         t d      t t li t f           l h       t
                                                              Visitors learn about bamboo                     i f     i    b    bamboo.
                                                                                                              information about b b
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    These trees are part of the reforestation
                                                             and reforestation at Ola Honua.
                                                                                                      •       The
                                                                                                              Th presentations also generated $29 256 in sales, much of that to
                                                                                                                           i      l          d $29,256 i   l       h f h                                                     effort at Ol H
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ff t t Ola Honua.

                                                                                                              l d              ll       farmers f timber and shoots.
                                                                                                              landscapers as well as to f       for i b    d h