Today Patrick Dougherty started work on his installation at the museum—this meant harvesting tons of strawberry guava saplings from Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden. Our crew—from the installation and education departments, as well as a couple of volunteers and hired hands—thrashed around in the rain and mud for hours today hacking down the invasive species. So not only is Dougherty creating a beautiful, environmental sculpture on the museum’s front lawn, he’s also helping out the botanical garden by removing swathes of the unwanted baby trees. Win!

Then they trucked the harvest to the museum, where they just unloaded it onto the front lawn. Now Hard Work II happens, when volunteers start stripping the saplings in preparation for the sculpture.

If you’d like to help, contact Vicki Reisner at 532-8737 or gro.ymedacaululonohnull@rensierv.