the native plants and animals of Hawaiʻi

Mokoliʻi — Chinaman’s Hat — is home to native seabirds

Manu-o-Kū

White Fairy Terns or Manu-o-Kū are amazing fliers that often hover in mid-air.

Estuary at Kāneʻohe Bay

Kanehoalani and Ohulehule tower over a shallow estuary on the shores of Kāneʻohe Bay

Happyface Spider

A happyface spider — nananana makakiʻi (Theridion grallator) tends to its eggs

Misty Rain at Sunset

Ua noe — gentle misty rain — filters the light at sunset in the northern Koʻolau Mountains

Konahuanui

ʻIeʻie and hapuʻu thrive at the twin peaks of Konahuanui – the highest peaks on the Koʻolau

Kāhuli Tree Snails

Endangered kāhuli or Oʻahu tree snails — Achatinella sowerbyana — crawl over an ʻōhiʻa branch.

Amy Greenwell Ethobotanical Garden

Amy Greenwell Ethobotanical Garden

Whenever I'm on the Kona Coast of Hawaiʻi Island, I can never resist stopping at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden to see what what native plants might be in bloom. The garden is located on Highway 11 in Captain Cook and is across the street from historic...

Coral Tide Pools at Miloliʻi

Coral Tide Pools at Miloliʻi

One of my favorite places to visit on the Big Island is a series of tidepools at Miloliʻi where the last remaining Hawaiian fishing village remains. Located 33 miles south of Kailua-Kona, the fishing village of Miloliʻi existed for generations prior to Western...

ʻApapane at Kilauea Iki

ʻApapane at Kilauea Iki

I hiked the rim of Kilauea Iki Crater on Hawaiʻi Island to look for and photograph native forest birds in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. At the crack of dawn I pushed-off from my friend's home in Puna and drove towards Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on Highway 11....

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 --...

Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at Mokoliʻi

Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at Mokoliʻi

We went to Mokoliʻi -- Chinaman's Hat -- to see Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and enjoy panoramic views of Kāneʻohe Bay. About 14 of us met at Kualoa Beach Park early in the morning to swim to Mokoliʻi.  Mokoliʻi is the 12.5 acre islet just offshore from Kualoa Beach...

Schofield-Waikane Hike

Schofield-Waikane Hike

I lead the Schofield-Waikane hike for HTMC which overlooks the very back of Kahana Valley and the peaks on the Koʻolauloa Coast of windward Oʻahu. I did this hike twice -- once for trail clearing and another time leading the public hike.  On the trail...

Red-Footed Boobies at Makapuʻu

Red-Footed Boobies at Makapuʻu

For the past several weeks I have been looking for red-footed booby birds at Makapuʻu along the Koʻolaupoko Coast of windward Oʻahu. I love to hike to Makapuʻu to see sweeping views of Makapuʻu Bay, Waimanalo, and the offshore islets of Mānana and Kāohikaipu.  It...

Clearing the Trail to Pu‘u Kaaumakua

Clearing the Trail to Pu‘u Kaaumakua

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the trail that leads to Pu‘u Kaaumakua on the Ko‘olauloa Coast of windward O‘ahu. After meeting at Kualoa Beach Park, we consolidated into six 4WD vehicles and drove up Waikane...

Red-Tailed Tropicbird Nesting Season

Red-Tailed Tropicbird Nesting Season

For the past several months I having been hiking along the rugged Ka Iwi Coast of East Oʻahu to look for red-tailed tropicbirds or koaʻe ʻula during nesting season. When I saw my first baby chicks in March my curiousity peaked and I decided to return nearly...

“Wired Hikers” — Hawaiian Airlines Hiking Video

I'm featured as one of four hiking bloggers in "Wired Hikers", a video produced for Hawaiian Airlines by Brad Watanabe of Berad Studios.  The video is of our hike on the Poamoho Trail and delves into the passions of 4 hiking bloggers -- David Chatsuthiphan, Kaleo...

Kawiwi to Wai‘anae Kai

Kawiwi to Wai‘anae Kai

We ascended a spur on Kamaileunu Ridge to the summit of Kawiwi, traversed along the spine towards Mount Ka‘ala and descended the Wai‘anae Kai Trail to loop back where we started. Kawiwi  is the 2,957 foot peak on Kamaileunu Ridge — the ridge that divides Wai‘anae from...

Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

We hiked to the very back of Olowalu Valley in the West Maui mountains to look for native damselflies and tree snails. At 5,788 feet elevation, the summit of the West Maui mountains -- Puʻu Kukui -- receives incredibly high rainfall -- about 32 feet per year.  Over...

Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

We climbed the Waikane Trail to Puʻu Kaaumakua, hiked the Koʻolau Summit Trail to Waiāhole Uka and descended into Waiāhole Valley. Pete Clines, August Smith, Cory Yap, Reanne Solomon, and I met at the Hygenic Store in Kahaluʻu before proceeding to the South Fork of...

ʻŌhiʻa Cloud Forest at Puʻu Kahuauli

ʻŌhiʻa Cloud Forest at Puʻu Kahuauli

I joined the trail clearing crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Bowman Trail that leads to the ʻōhiʻa cloud forest at the summit of Kahuauli. The Bowman Trail was built by the US Army in 1919 under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel...