Spring 2010 - Other News | Alumni
Preserving Waimea Valley - ‘Iolani Community Action Network
Their desire to give back to the community brought them together. Alumni belonging to ICAN (‘Iolani Community Action Network) and their friends and families partnered with Hi‘ipaka, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Waimea Valley as a cultural nature site as well as a tourist attraction. They cleaned two large areas of the valley and removed invasive plants while treading carefully over ancient structures of the Kauhale Kahiko settlement and Waimea Valley’s botanical garden.
Nearly 60 alumni, friends and family members gathered on December 26 to help preserve and clean Waimea Valley on Oahu’s North Shore.
Hi'ipaka representatives were impressed with the work ethic and efficiency of ‘Iolani alumni. Hi‘ipaka plans to welcome ICAN and ‘Iolani School back for future service projects. Amidst the strenuous physical work, ICAN volunteers enjoyed reconnecting with classmates and making new friends, while gaining a deeper understanding of Waimea Valley’s ancient value. The cultural experiences shared between Hi'ipaka and the alumni reinforced one of the core objectives of the ICAN philosophy: To promote lifelong learning through community action.
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I AM GLAD THAT IOLANI IS ACTIVE IN HAWAIIANA, PROVING TO ALL THAT IOLANI IS DEFINITELY A PART OF HAWAII AND DEFINTELY HELPING TO PRESERVE HAWAIIAN LANDS.