Rare Haha or Cyanea Flowers on Oʻahu

Rare Haha or Cyanea Flowers on Oʻahu

One of my favorite things to do is to hike to remote locations on Oʻahu to see the unusual flowers of Haha or Cyanea when they bloom. Cyanea are in the lobelioid group of flowering plants endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The group is in the bellflower family —...
Native Plants and Animals in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve

Native Plants and Animals in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve

On the second day of the HTMC camp out in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve, I looked for rare native plants and animals in Pahole Natural Area Reserve. Our camp site was located at about 2,200 feet elevation.  During the night the temperature dropped to 60 degrees and...
‘Awa’awaloa to Ka’inawa’aunui

‘Awa’awaloa to Ka’inawa’aunui

We climbed to the spine of the Koʻolau Mountains to clear the stretch of the summit ridge between ʻAwaʻawaloa and Kaʻinawaʻaunui. August Smith and I rendezvoused at the top of Maunalani Heights to stage a car where we would end our hike.  When then drove up to...
Native Forest Restoration at Hakalau

Native Forest Restoration at Hakalau

On the second day of our service project we outplanted endangered native plants under the shade of koa and ʻōhiʻa trees in Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge. Right at the crack of dawn we were treated to an unusual sunrise in the koa trees around our cabin.  A clearing...
Native Snails on the Poamoho Trail

Native Snails on the Poamoho Trail

I hiked the Poamoho Trail to look for native snails on side ridges and hanging valleys high in the Ko’olau Mountains deep in the interior of the island of O’ahu. The Poamoho Trail is located on the north ridge of Poamoho Gulch between Wahiawa and Haleiwa...
Native Flowers on the Manana Trail

Native Flowers on the Manana Trail

I hiked to the Koolau Summit Ridge on the Manana Trail to see the native plants and flowers that live in the mountains above Pu’uloa (Pearl Harbor). The Manana Trail starts the end of Komo Mai Drive above Pacific Palisades and gains some 1,700 feet over a...