Koa Butterflies on ʻIliahi Flowers

Koa Butterflies on ʻIliahi Flowers

I hiked along the rim of Makua Valley where I saw dozens of koa butterflies sipping the nectar of ʻiliahi flowers. I attended the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club’s 3-day Mokuleʻia Campout where backpackers hike the Kuaokoala Trail, Mokuleʻia Access Road, and...
Habitat Restoration at Mokulua Iki

Habitat Restoration at Mokulua Iki

I kayaked to Mokulua Iki — the smaller of the two islets offshore from Lanikai and Kailua — to help restore the native habitat for seabirds. When I learned from the Hawaii Audubon Society that the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) at the Department...
‘Ihi‘ihilauakea Crater at Hanauma Bay

‘Ihi‘ihilauakea Crater at Hanauma Bay

I joined the Hawaii Audubon Society for a service project to weed and care for several patches of ‘ihi‘ihilauakea — a rare endangered endemic fern — at Hanauma Bay. It was a beautiful morning when about 25 of us met at the picnic tables under the ki‘awe...
Clearing the Halapepenui Trail

Clearing the Halapepenui Trail

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Halapepenui Trail which overlooks Pearl City in the Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu. The Halapepenui Trail is a 6.6 mile loop above Pearl City which can be accessed from four...
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...