Hawaiian Stilt Breeding Season

Hawaiian Stilt Breeding Season

For the past several months I have been looking for Aeʻo or Hawaiian Stilts in the marshes and wetlands of windward Oʻahu. The Hawaiian Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) or Aeʻo in Hawaiian, is one of five subspecies of Black-Necked Stilt.  Eons ago, a flock of...
Kioea at Kahuku

Kioea at Kahuku

For the past month, I have been looking for Kioea or Bristle-Thighed Curlew in the ponds at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge and in the surrounding sand dunes at Kahuku. Kioea (Numenius tahitiensis) are migratory shorebirds that live in Hawaiʻi and other...
Mamalahoa Trail on the Kona Coast

Mamalahoa Trail on the Kona Coast

We hiked sections of the Mamalahoa or King’s Trail to see unspoiled beaches and anchialine ponds along on the Kona Coast of the Big Island. My hiking buddies for this part of the trip were Pete Morton, who lives on the Big Island, and Chase Norton, who flew in...
Honu at Kīholo Bay

Honu at Kīholo Bay

On my third day on the Big Island, we took a long drive to the Kona-Kohala Coast to see honu or Hawaiian green sea turtles at Kīholo Bay. Kīholo Bay spans several miles of coast between North Kona and South Kohala. Most of the bay is surrounded by private property but...
Wetlands Restoration at Kawainui and Hamakua Marshes

Wetlands Restoration at Kawainui and Hamakua Marshes

I hiked in and around Kawainui and Hamakua Marshes to see the progress being made to restore the native wetlands in windward Oʻahu. Kawainui and Hamakua Marshes are the largest remaining wetlands in the Hawaiian Islands encompassing nearly 830 acres of land in...
Rainbow Over Pouhala Marsh

Rainbow Over Pouhala Marsh

I went to Pouhala Marsh on the shores of the West Loch of Pearl Harbor (Puʻuloa) to visit the wetland during hoʻolio — the rainy season in Hawaiʻi. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) of the State...