We recently flew with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters to get a bird’s eye view of our beautiful island of Maui. Today’s video explores Puʻu māhoe located along the southwest rift zone of Haleakalā.
Our pilot and guide, Tim Perry, is a wealth of knowledge. Check out the video (above) to hear more about D. T. Fleming and the arboretum that is named after him.
The arboretum was planted to preserve species from the dying forest of Auwahi. It took two years to prepare the area by building a caretaker’s cottage, fences and a water system.
In 1952 propagated seedlings and air-layers from the Auwahi Forest were planted into the Arboretum. Today, of the 150 species of native flora planted in the Arboretum, 33 of these are on Hawaii’s endangered list.
If you would like to lend a hand with preserving native species at Puʻu māhoe or would like to make a tax deductible donation to the arboretum, click here for a link to their website. 
Mahalo to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for the beautiful tour of Puʻu māhoe. Click here to find out more about Blue Hawaiian Helicopters  and their helicopter tours which give you the opportunity to explore each of our Hawaiian Islands.
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