Hoping for a comeback: Critically endangered silverswords being raised to reintroduce plant to Maunakea

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald An endangered silversword plant growing about halfway up Maunakea on Friday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Patti Heidenfeldt points to a silversword scrub growing on Maunakea on Friday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Silversword seedlings have successfully taken root in a greenhouse about halfway up Maunakea on Friday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Patti Heidenfeldt looks over silversword seedlings growing in a greenhouse on Maunakea on Friday.

A once-thriving native plant is sprouting again on Maunakea after more than a century of near-extinction.