Kamehameha Butterflies in the Koa Forests

Kamehameha Butterflies in the Koa Forests

For the past several months I have been hiking to the koa forests of Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island to look for Kamehameha Butterflies. Kamehameha Butterflies (Vanessa tameamea) are one of only two butterfly species endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.  Known as “Lepelepe...
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...
Baby Kāhuli in the Native Forest

Baby Kāhuli in the Native Forest

I hiked in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve to see kāhuli or Oʻahu tree snails crawling on the native vegetation. During the night the temperature dropped to the low 60’s and rain fell intermittently on our campsite at about 2,200 feet elevation.  When I got up at...
Kahuku Beach Cleanup

Kahuku Beach Cleanup

I joined the community effort to pick up trash and plastic debris from the stretch of beaches from Turtle Bay Resort to Kahuku Golf Course. When one of my endangered species buddies — Angela Huntemer — put out the word that help was needed to clean trash...
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...