Pinao — Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — on O‘ahu

Pinao — Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — on O‘ahu

I was lucky to get some close up shots of the Piano or Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — Anax strenuus. Also known as the Giant Hawaiian Darner, the dragonfly is said to be the largest in the United States.  The dragonfly has a wing span of about 4 inches which is...
Honu at Kīholo Bay

Honu at Kīholo Bay

On my third day on the Big Island, we took a long drive to the Kona-Kohala Coast to see honu or Hawaiian green sea turtles at Kīholo Bay. Kīholo Bay spans several miles of coast between North Kona and South Kohala. Most of the bay is surrounded by private property but...
Tubing Kaukonahua Stream

Tubing Kaukonahua Stream

We hiked the Wahiawa Hills Loop to its furthest extent and floated down the north fork of Kaukonahua Stream to return where we started. With heavy rains over Oʻahu for over a week, Pete Clines had a great idea — float down Kaukonahua Stream while the water level...
Clearing the Kawaiʻiki Trail

Clearing the Kawaiʻiki Trail

I joined the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the trail that leads to the freshwater pools at Kawaiʻiki on the north shore of Oʻahu. Kawaiʻiki is one of several valley trails on the leeward side of the Koʻolau Mountains above Haleʻiwa constructed to...
Wetlands Restoration at Kawainui and Hamakua Marshes

Wetlands Restoration at Kawainui and Hamakua Marshes

I hiked in and around Kawainui and Hamakua Marshes to see the progress being made to restore the native wetlands in windward Oʻahu. Kawainui and Hamakua Marshes are the largest remaining wetlands in the Hawaiian Islands encompassing nearly 830 acres of land in...
Reopening the Kahana Ditch Trail

Reopening the Kahana Ditch Trail

I joined the trail clearing crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to reopen the old ditch trail that contours against the Koʻolau Mountains in the very back of Kahana Valley. This was the club’s second work day to restore the stretch of the old...