During the trek up to the waterfall, we passed by plants and trees native to Hawaii, most of which are endangered. We were told about the efforts of the staff of Waimea Valley to preserve the natural vegetation. Almost all the native Hawaiian plants or Polynesian introduced plants were very useful to the Hawaiian people. The 7 (most of which endangered) species of taro plant were replanted. The taro plant grows back relatively easily after the root has been taken, the young shoot is planted again and a new taro plant grows. Although the Taro plant is sustainable it requires the efforts of humans to replant it. This once again shows the importance of sustainability.
We were also able to play some Hawaiian games which were used hone the skills of Hawaiian warriors. The conservation of these games over hundreds of years shows the sustainability of the culture and traditions of Hawaii. These traditions, although merely games, were a very important part of Hawaiian life and were preserved till today.