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Summer program restores isles’ natural beauty

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Members of a Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps team planted native shrubs and tended to the habitat around Kapakahi Stream in Waipahu last week. HYCC's summer program, which is run by the environmental nonprofit Kupu, lasts for six weeks and sent about 150 students and team leaders on conservation projects on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Molokai this year.
  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Rebecca Ristikangas, 18, planted ilima on the shores of Kapakahi Stream in Waipahu along with other participants in a Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps summer program. The six-week course, which ended Friday, included about 150 students and team leaders who tackled conservation projects on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Lanai and Molokai. The program is run by Kupu, a Kahala-based environmental nonprofit.

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