Civil Air Patrol cadets plant trees, contribute to restoration efforts

Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Ruby Mandini, 14, left, and Cadet 2nd Lt. T. Dauchy with the Kona Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol plant a tree in a demonstration trail garden south of the Hawaii Community College-Palamanui campus on Saturday. (Cameron Miculka/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — When Cadet Airman 1st class Ariihau Barton came to Hawaii Community College-Palamanui on Saturday, he didn’t know the full story of what was happening in the dry forest above the campus.