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.