Explore the Valley Protecting Hawaii’s Ancient Plants

Explore the Valley Protecting Hawaii’s Ancient Plants


(tranquil music) – [Narrator] When you come into Limahuli, you’re gonna see plants that you see nowhere else in the world. All of this biodiversity is the foundation that Hawaiian culture was built on. I hear the voices of the old Hawaiians talking about how special this place is and pushing me to really
care for this place. (tranquil music) Limahuli Garden Preserve is
a 1,000 acre botanical garden and nature preserve
situated on the North Shore on the island of Kauai
in the Hawaiian islands. My job is to basically garner
support for our protection of this place and the
restoration of this valley. Some of the plants that we have now, they’re so rare that you have
to go on a four mile hike deep into the valley or risk your life and climb one of those
peaks to get to them. One of the examples of that
is this plant called olena, which is the second
strongest fiber in the world. Now that plant is pretty rare, and they only exist way deep back in the wet valleys of the island. Within the context of
the Hawaiian culture, every plant has a name. When a plant goes extinct, that’s a part of our language that dies. It’s our job to make sure that they stick around for a future generation. So this tree right here, this is a really
important tree culturally. It’s a hardwood, it’s the second
hardest wood in the forest. Its name is uhiuhi. It’s down to two trees left
on the island of Kauai, so this is one tree that you’re not gonna really find anywhere else. 200 years ago, all of these
plants were all around. The community was
actively cultivating them, but there’s been a huge
disconnect in the past 200 years between the community and
the resources of the valley. This is actually the state flower. Unfortunately, our state flower is down to just a handful of
individuals in the wild. So it’s kind of a
pretty strong statement of the state of affairs
of our native plants. I can feel the rare
plants calling for help. We talk about sustainability nowadays. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The ancient Hawaiians did it. They were doing it for
a millennium at least. In Hawaiian culture always
try to be at a point where you’ve given more than you’ve taken. That resource management system is viable in the 21st century to address a lot of the problems we’re
dealing with nowadays. If we’re engaging with the ocean, we don’t just go down there and fish. We build fish houses so
that there’s more habitat for the fish to live in. And in the forest, you go
and take care of the place, make sure that the plants
are healthy before you gather and then before you leave, you replant behind you so that
there’s more for tomorrow. If you take responsibility for something, and then you have a right to access it. (tranquil music) Humanity doesn’t have to
be separated from nature, and there are ways for
humanity to engage nature such that both benefit. This place can be a model. It can be a model of how
humanity is connected to nature and that is probably
the most important story in Hawaiian culture.

100 Replies to “Explore the Valley Protecting Hawaii’s Ancient Plants”

  1. When you look at this, and then look at any "concrete Jungle" such as New York, you will see that there is no comparison…
    I vote to keep the plants! (Or, to be more correct, prevent them from dying out, protect them from wrong doing, and preserve them for the future)

  2. "EVERY PLANT HAS A NAME, WHEN IT DIES WE LOOSE PART OF OUR LANGUAGE" GOES FOR ALL ANIMALS, AND LANGUAGES REALLY….

  3. A lot of vanishing plants used to also be medicinal in some cases around the world in different cultures. I think not only preservation, but facts of history where so many plants had a special use is also a historical gem that future generations should be aware of.

  4. I hear alot of exageratedly claims like plants nowhere in the world. I will tell u come here to palawan ph. Theres alot of those u show in the camera. Maybe extinct in us soil but donr say the world.

  5. Absolutely beautiful, sad to hear even that the state flower is on the brink. Thank you so much for sharing and taking care of this place <3

  6. You know everything thing he just did is counter to what is natural. Fish houses increase the population of the fish that use them beyond the natural environment in which the fish houses don't exist. Replanting trees and such increase the number and location of plants that would naturally not be in such locations or have such number. If such things were natural he would not be involved in the process. Nature is lovely but also ruthless as "native" plants of the Hawaii's that they harvested and managed were sometimes plants from other islands that were not native to the island that they are on. Like wild horses and honey bees are not native to the America's. I get the idea of saving a population of plants and animals from extinction still to image that the artificial human efforts to do so are promoting the natural environment is to ignore natures habit of survival of the fitness.

  7. Its a small island that doesn't grow but people they're growing exponentially. Its either you or the wildlife. We know what the choice will be its just a matter of time

  8. I've always loved forests and plants so seeing such an inspiring person try to protect all of these beautiful dying plants is so inspiring considering now that most of the world is a giant garbage dump. Thanks big story for your great and original content !

  9. and then climate change change that all

    soo.. pls guys. don't "make" children more than 2. our big problem is the global human population. more human = more consumption = more exploitation

    our solution is not veganism. our enemy is the consumption. soo we need to reduce the consumers. not change the consumption.

  10. The white devil took over Hawaii. Living on the coast while the natives are homeless or in shity apartments. STAY BROWN BRUDDAS!✊🏽

  11. i sooo love hawaii! i also love this video. especially the color grading. really different from the other videos.

  12. I went there for a day, we stayed past the shops closing time. It's the most beautiful place I've ever been to. Every plant there has a story, and everything has a purpose (conveniently explained and described in the little guide book they give you.) There were a couple plants that were labeled "unknown name" because their names were lost in history… There are mixed emotions to see a living thing in front of you that has been forgotten and then hundreds of years later found again. I don't know it's like there is a magic in the valley that is contagious even though I sound really corny… It's one of the most beautiful places in the world in my opinion, if you like any sort of history or just pure natural beauty you absolutely need to go there.

  13. This is the type of video where a bunch of people leave quick comments about how much better it is to live in this nature instead of their "awful concrete jungles"
    Type away on your coconuts, u keyboard warriors. 😂

  14. Why is this channel so low on subs the content is better than what big channels like discovery or Natgo can offer……

  15. It will long last since materialism is not in charge. What a mesmerizing dedication by him, peace be with you brother.

  16. I lived on Kaua`i for ten years. I can’t verbalize the majesty and profound beauty of the island. I’m grateful and blessed to have been allowed to have supported by Her for that time of my life.

  17. Technically this guy is wrong that Hawaii did sustainability for a millennia since the first Hawaiians arrived somewhere between 200-400CE until another wave of warrior Tahitians came and almost wiped out the old Hawaiians so it’s still 800 years, which is almost a millennia, but not at least. Doesn’t change how amazing this guy is though

  18. If you take responsibility for something then you have the right to access it…
    Simple and yet goes over everybody's head

  19. People like this guy should be known by everyone in the world…. like those famous youtubers…
    This guy is a hero of the planet and just a feel people know him…


    This is the best channel on youtube… thanks a lot to share this amazing story!

  20. I led service projects for Hawaii Sierra Club and Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club in the 90's. Wonderful valley. Good to see you're doing fine job

  21. Biodiversity is really important and I believe this guy’s job is extremely important for the fact that he is preserving the flora of Hawaii

  22. I connected with nature when I was a child and look at by other kids as being weird. Today there seem to be less people connected to nature, theyre connected to the technology. Its sad that no one connects with the heart anymore.

  23. You take responsibility for something, and then (and only then!) you are allowed to access it.
    If only that motto….ah, y'all know what i mean, right?

  24. Sadly, majority of people have stopped caring about nature and preserving it. Most have never had the privilege of being surrounded by nothing but it [nature], far from civilisation. The world is a beautiful place, breathtakingly beautiful and it deserves better treatment, it deserves better inhabitants than us.
    💚💙🌍🌎🌏💙💚

    Gem♡
    🇬🇧

  25. How does people find this type of job.. They are like super hero for humanity. This people should be more famous than corrupt politicians or foolish celebrity

  26. "Plants that you see nowhere else in the world"… and the first plant shown looks suspiciously like the indigenous-to-South-Africa Strelitzia reginae, or bird-of-paradise.

    That being said, thanks for sharing this wonderful effort to preserve our precious biodiversity.

  27. All of Hawaii is occupied land, occupied by the US, Please give us independence and leave us alone. You Americans have done damage enough.

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