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Punzal Vision
April 21, 2019

5th Annual Roots & Shoots 5k

Group photo at the 5k

Team Punzal Vision participated in the 5th Annual Roots & Shoots 5k fun run/walk to support National Tropical Botanical Garden. It was a “first” for many of us but it won’t be the last! The McBryde and Allerton Gardens were absolutely beautiful! Acres of land filled with streams and tropical plants.

“The National Tropical Botanical garden is dedicated to preserving tropical plant diversity and stemming the tide of extinction – through plant exploration, propagation, habitat restoration, scientific research, and education. NTBG’s Gardens and preserves are safe havens for at-risk species that otherwise might disappear forever.”

Woman on the trail

Not only did our entire staff participate in Saturday’s event, but Dr. Punzal and Brity’s daughters Makali’i and Lawakua did as well! It was their first ever 5k and they did amazing! Makali’i showed her athletic skills by running half of the course. Brity could barely keep up!

Running over the bridge

The course went through the garden and out to Allerton Beach. With breathtaking scenery, we couldn’t help but to stop and smell the flowers, literally! However, we weren’t the only ones. The majority of the participants stopped every now and then to take photographs and appreciate the beauty.

People on the trail

“We all know that plants provide oxygen, food, and habitat for life on Earth, but did you know that tropical plants are also used for medicines and other products for people? A quarter of all plant species are in danger of extinction and most of those plants are found in the tropics.”

Punzal Vision has always encouraged an active and healthy lifestyle while supporting our Island Community, but it was definitely refreshing to be educated about the importance of tropical plants not only on Kaua’i, but around the world!

The Punzal team after the race

Quotes sourced from the National Tropical Botanical Garden website.

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