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Hawaiian Electric Helps Save Native Plants

Posted on | February 26, 2010 | Comments Off on Hawaiian Electric Helps Save Native Plants

4 people holding big check

From left, Donna Vuchinich, Richard Rosenblum, Christopher Dunn, Virginia Hinshaw

The Hawaiian Electric Company donated $16,000 to Mānoa’s Harold L. Lyon Arboretum to strengthen the arboretum’s program for conservation of rare native Hawaiian plants. The funds will be used to expand the existing capacity for statewide preservation of Hawaiian plants and to provide for rare plant restoration and conservation on the island of Oʻahu.

“Nearly half of all known native Hawaiian plants are threatened or endangered. Because of the lack of remaining habitat or understanding of how they reproduce, many of these plants’ existence is at stake” says Lyon Arboretum Director Christopher Dunn. Thanks to donors to our preservation program, we can save plants, one species at a time.”

“We are thrilled to have the support of HECO in this important endeavor. It is very gratifying that this major corporation in our state is committed to conservation of our state’s resources.”

“These programs are vital to the perpetuation of the native and endangered plants and ecosystems of our islands. Hawaiian Electric is very pleased to partner with Lyon Arboretum and be part of this important work,” says Dick Rosenblum, Hawaiian Electric Company president and CEO.

The rare plant laboratory at Lyon Arboretum is currently conserving about 160 rare Hawaiian plants as well as rare cultivars of taro and banana. Nellie Sugii, manager of the rare plant program adds, “These funds will greatly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of rare plant recovery and will help research to ensure that additional plants are saved.”

Read the news release.