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Senior Day Care volunteers cultivate land in Waianae

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Senior Day Care gathers in Kunia before heading out on March 1.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    “It is my backyard. If I couldn’t have access here, I’d be a sad person because I love it up here.”

    — Perry Barker, Leader of Senior Day Care, at right, who plants native spcies in the Honouliuli Forest Reserve with Sandy Klein, left

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Larry Williams unloads a truckload of native plants on March 1.

Every week, 66-year-old Perry Barker leads a group of seniors on a strenuous trail to replace invasive species with native plants as part of the state’s forest restoration project. The group, ranging in age from 49 to mid-70s, work in the nearly 3,600-acre lowland Honouliuli Forest Reserve that is home to dozens of endangered species — more than half of which are only found in Hawaii. Read more

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