Hometown Heroes: Volunteers plant native trees at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery

  • Right: Volunteers plant native trees on the pu‘u above the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery on Friday.

  • Lestorio Domingo plants a native tree Friday at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Barbara, Hannah and Bronsten Kossow plant a wiliwili tree Friday at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Left: Quentin and Isaiah Wong plant a native tree Friday.

  • Volunteers pose for a photo before climbing the pu‘u at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery Friday to plant native trees. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Rob Yagi from the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative explains to volunteers how to plant the native trees at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • More than two dozen volunteers from various organizations came together to plant 100 native Hawaiian trees Friday at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, including Art Chang, left, and Chris Olivera. The group planted 25 wiliwili, 35 a‘alii, 25 ile‘e and 15 koai‘a. Full story on page 7A. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Editor’s note: Each Wednesday, West Hawaii Today is publishing a story about individuals, groups or organizations that have helped make life better for others in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.