The Plant A Wish Project is a national effort by local husband-and-wife team Sara Tekula and Joe Imhoff to plant native trees in all 50 states. This 15-month effort, which is being turned into a documentary to be released next year, will celebrate it's final plantings in Hawaii this Saturday, November 5th. This date also coincides with the celebration of Arbor Day here. Jim and Sara live in Makawao but are planning special events on all islands. I've provided the link for that information below the film's trailer.
Sara and Joe have been traveling throughout the United States to host community tree planting events. In each state, and in Washington, D.C., a local indigenous tree has been selected and is then planted with handwritten wishes from the community buried underneath. "Instead of just putting the tree in the ground, you are putting people's hopes and dreams in the ground", Sara said. "The tree becomes a living symbol. You want it to grow and survive."
And they have provided assurances the trees will grow and survive. Each tree is marked with GPS and left in the capable hands of caregivers.
To participate in the finale, you can follow the link to see the events schedule on each island: 7 Ways to Be a Part of the Plant A Wish Finale. Or you can plant a tree in your own yard (remember to write your wishes first) and then register it on the Plant a Wish website: Register your Tree. If you are an amateur videographer or photographer you may document your local events and submit your videos and/or images to Noni Films. They may be included in the final documentary.
Write your wishes, grab your shovel, and let's plant a lot of wishes for the world on Saturday.