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...
Hidden Stream and Falls

Hidden Stream and Falls

I seized a rare opportunity to see some hidden waterfalls tucked away in a remote valley on the island. When Cory Yap invited us to go with him to repair weather and stream monitoring equipment in a remote stream, we jumped at the chance.  Cory works for the Hawaii...
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...
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...
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...