Our Siddhidata Kulam continues work on the Maha Fence project along the north boundary line between
San Marga land and the adjacent University of Hawaii Agricultural Research station land. This boundary runs from Kuamo'o Road on the east from the highway at the Rudraksha grove and parking lot, all the way down to the Wailua river below iraivan. It is registered on our property maps as being 2,849 feet long. Over 1/2 a mile!
This area has been completely left to go wild for decades. The previous fence line was virtually gone. It has been increasingly important for us to establish some security measures to protect San Marga and iraivan from intruders as well as wild boar whose population on Kauai now, estimated to be about 66,000 out number humans! Our Siddhidata Kulam undertook the Herculean job of removing all the trees that were on along the fence line. The original giant and very beautiful Blue Gum trees and Norfolk Pines were not the problem. Over the years, large numbers of invasive species had taken root. Every single Java plum tree was infested with roque banyan. Albezia trees, which are official pests in Hawaii (as they take over and destroy native habitat) had grown to sometimes 3 feet in diameter and 60 feet tall. It is only about a 15 foot swath to be cleared, but the amount of jungle to be removed is enormous! This job, had it been contracted out would probably have cost $100,000.00. Instead the SK has been putting on their boots twice a week now for nearly a year and slowly whittling away, and they are nearing completion.
In recent days we are seeing some assistance from the Univerisity of Hawaii Ag station workers who are happily helping the monks with a small bull-dozer and an occasional high-lift.