The Poamoho Fence

The Poamoho Fence

We hiked sections of the proposed Poamoho Fence which will protect the leeward headwaters of the Poamoho watershed in the northern Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu. As a counter-measure against changing trade wind and climate patterns, the State of Hawaiʻi is increasing the...
Amy Greenwell Ethobotanical Garden

Amy Greenwell Ethobotanical Garden

Whenever I’m on the Kona Coast of Hawaiʻi Island, I can never resist stopping at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden to see what what native plants might be in bloom. The garden is located on Highway 11 in Captain Cook and is across the street from historic...
ʻApapane at Kilauea Iki

ʻApapane at Kilauea Iki

I hiked the rim of Kilauea Iki Crater on Hawaiʻi Island to look for and photograph native forest birds in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. At the crack of dawn I pushed-off from my friend’s home in Puna and drove towards Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on...
Kawiwi to Wai‘anae Kai

Kawiwi to Wai‘anae Kai

We ascended a spur on Kamaileunu Ridge to the summit of Kawiwi, traversed along the spine towards Mount Ka‘ala and descended the Wai‘anae Kai Trail to loop back where we started. Kawiwi  is the 2,957 foot peak on Kamaileunu Ridge — the ridge that divides Wai‘anae from...
Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

We hiked to the very back of Olowalu Valley in the West Maui mountains to look for native damselflies and tree snails. At 5,788 feet elevation, the summit of the West Maui mountains — Puʻu Kukui — receives incredibly high rainfall — about 32 feet per...
Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

We climbed the Waikane Trail to Puʻu Kaaumakua, hiked the Koʻolau Summit Trail to Waiāhole Uka and descended into Waiāhole Valley. Pete Clines, August Smith, Cory Yap, Reanne Solomon, and I met at the Hygenic Store in Kahaluʻu before proceeding to the South Fork of...