MAUI (KHNL) -- Haleakala National Park staff kicked off a $2.3 million initiative with a blessing ceremony at the summit of Haleakala Sunday.
Park staff and a group of partner organization representatives planted ten rare 'Ahinnahina Silversword plants as a symbol of the National Park Centennial Initiative, designed to protect watersheds and educate children.
The initiative is a 10-year program to reinvigorate American's national parks for a second century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment.
"It is a real challenge to do the work of conservation on Maui because of the remoteness, terrain and size of the acreage," said Teya Penniman, manager of Maui Invasive Species Committee. "This partnership and its capacity is getting stronger thanks to the commitment of the county of Maui, the National Park Service and all the partners."