Mōlī Nesting Season

Mōlī Nesting Season

For the past several weeks, I have been hiking to Kaʻena Point — the western most tip of Oʻahu — to see Mōlī or Laysan Albatross during nesting season. Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) are large pelagic seabirds that range over the North...
‘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...
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...
Rare Native Plants and Animals in the Waiʻanae Mountains

Rare Native Plants and Animals in the Waiʻanae Mountains

For quite some time now I have been exploring remote ridges and gullies in the Waiʻanae Mountains to look for rare native plants and animals. Much of the Waiʻanae Mountains lie in the rain shadow of the Koʻolau Mountains and makes the Waiʻanae Mountains significantly...
ʻUaʻu Kani at Kūpikipikiʻō

ʻUaʻu Kani at Kūpikipikiʻō

I went to Kūpikipikiʻō to see wedge-tailed shearwaters towards the end of breeding season. Located along the southern edge of Black Point, Kūpikipikiʻō is one of a handful of breeding colonies of ʻuaʻu kani or wedge-tailed shearwaters (Puffinus pacificus) on Oʻahu....
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...