ʻAkoko Planthopper in the Koʻolau Mountains

ʻAkoko Planthopper in the Koʻolau Mountains

One of the oddest native Hawaiian insects is the ʻakoko planthopper which has a distinctive nose almost as long as the bug itself. The tiny winged creature — Dictyophorodelphax swezeyi —  is about 5 mm long — slightly larger than an ant.  The insect...
Cyanea truncata in the Koʻolau Mountains

Cyanea truncata in the Koʻolau Mountains

Among the rarest plants in the Hawaiian Islands is Cyanea truncata — Haha — which can be found in the Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu. Cyanea truncata grows 3-4 feet high and is found in dense native forests.  The plant produces large broad leaves up to 18...
Birth of a Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup!

Birth of a Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup!

Honeygirl gave birth to a Hawaiian Monk Seal baby on February 25, 2015 — the first known pup born in the main Hawaiian Islands for the 2015 birthing season.  The pup was female — a cute baby girl.  I visited the seals 4 times over the almost 7 week period...
Koliʻi in the Koʻolau Mountains

Koliʻi in the Koʻolau Mountains

One of spectacular flowers found in the Northern Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu is Koliʻi — Tremtolobelia macrostachys — which often grows as an epiphyte on other plants in the native landscape. According to Joseph Rock, who wrote the monograph on the Hawaiian...
Native Flightless Conehead Katydid

Native Flightless Conehead Katydid

While hiking in the Waiʻanae Mountains we stumbled on an unusual katydid with a distinctive black face. Cory Yap found the inch long insect which remained remarkably still as we snapped photos from all angles.  We were fortunate to have Sam Gon III with us who...