Meet Lopaka Dela Cruz — Restoration Site Lead

March 21, 2024
Terraformation Hawaiʻi

Lopaka Dela Cruz - Restoration Site Lead

  • Joined Terraformation in 2021
  • From Hōnaunau, resides in Waimea
Lopaka Dela Cruz, Terraformation restoration site lead, looks up and smiles while planting a sapling

What magic do you bring to the Terraformation Hawai‘i team?

“My skillset in the field and leading by example in anything I do is the magic I bring to this team.

This job is like second nature to me. I have been doing these things for a very long time in different ways and manners.

I am most passionate about being in the field and planting because we will be remembered as the people who created these beautiful native forests that make our world better for our future generations.”

What have been some of the most important lessons you’ve learned throughout your career?

“I learned that the weather is the most important thing to pay attention to when you work in the field; like planting in the rainy season and doing maintenance when it's dry.

It is very important to pay attention so that you have a better survival rate for your plants.

If there’s anything I’d like to share, it’s to plant a tree and help in this fight against climate change.”

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