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Stocking stuffers! New shipment just in!
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"Our" canyon in a starring role on TV...starts tonight. ...

Don't forget to watch NBC's "The Biggest Loser: Glory Days" this Thursday as the Island of Kauai provides a beautiful, inspiring backdrop for the hit show's visit to the Aloha State. #gohawaii #biggestloser

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Koke`e Museum partners with the Audubon Society on the annual forest and shoreline bird counts, a great way to learn and explore. The shoreline count is set for Dec. 27. Visit our event link for details and how sign up. ...

Annual Audubon Bird Counts

December 27, 2014, 7:00am

Lucy Wright Beach County Park

Each winter, Kokee Museum partners with the Audubon Society to conduct forest and shoreline counts of native, introduced, and visiting birds. Volunteers will learn from expert guides and visit some off-the-beaten-path locations. So far, the shoreline count is set: On Dec. 27, 2014, meet leaders Bill & Lucia Laidlaw at 7 a.m. at Lucy Wright Park in Waimea. Bring snacks, water, walking shoes, binoculars if you have, and enthusiasm. Call 335-9975 x0 for more info or to sign up. FREE.

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"Our" Canyon is lookin' good in this promo for the Biggest Loser TV show...
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Ali welcomes the players to Hawaii, where they will face the Red Line at the next weigh-in. All-New Biggest Loser, Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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Need gift ideas? Koke`e Museum has one of the very few bookstores on Kaua`i. Music too. ...

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Dear Santa, we've been GOOD!

We stopped by to see Santa (or is this one of his helpers?) and dropped off our Kokee Museum & CCC Camp wish list.
Mr. Claus was very encouraging...said he could find us some elves to help out! Are you one of them? If so, please call 335-9975 or email info@kokee.org
...and remember, all gifts are tax-deductible, whether you're in the USA or the North Pole. Happy Holidays! (3 photos)
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Several of the candidate plants are from our neck of the woods ~ ...

This species native to Kauai was just listed as a Candidate species under the Endangered Species Act. Read about this and more in The Garden Island newspaper: thegardenisland.com/news/local/plants-considered-for-esa-protection/article_0d7662be-7dd4-11e4-83...

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Kokee Museum - Hui o Laka shared a photo. ...

A round of applause for all your round creations! Here are some of the participants toward the end of yesterday's wreath workshop. A warm welcome to those of you who became members of Hui o Laka. Check out our photo albums section to see more.

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Wreath Workshop 12.6.14 (22 photos) ...

Holiday greenery at the CCC Camp. Photos by Kay Koike & M. Williamson.

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New in the museum shop!
Cards featuring an i`iwi photo generously contributed by Jim Denny. Perfect for holiday thank-yous, invitations, and greetings.
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DLNR TO BEGIN IMPROVEMENTS AT KOKE‘E/WAIMEA
CANYON STATE PARK COMPLEX IN DECEMBER 2014

LIHU‘E – The Department of Land and Natural Resources will making improvements at Koke‘e and Waimea Canyon State Parks, starting December 4, 2014. Work includes replacement of water tanks servicing the comfort stations at the Pu‘u Hinahina and Waimea Canyon lookouts in the Waimea Canyon State Park> There will also be roadway repairs and drainage improvements on Koke‘e Road and repaving of the camping parking area in Koke‘e State Park. The project is expected to be completed by the end of February 2015.
The work will start at the Pu‘u Hinahina lookout and Koke‘e State Park camping area in December, and proceed to the Waimea Canyon lookout and Koke‘e road in January.

Project impacts to the public will include closure of portions of the Waimea Canyon lookout for transporting and placement of the water tank, The comfort stations at the Pu‘u Hinahina and Waimea Canyon lookouts may be temporarily closed when the water tanks are connected, while portable toilets will be provided for the interim, as needed. and lane closures of portions of Koke‘e road during repair and drainage improvements.

Signage and traffic control measures will be implemented during work on Koke‘e road.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this project as the repairs and improvements allow us to catch-up with much needed park improvements,” said Dan Quinn, State Parks administrator.

The contractor is Goodfellow Brothers Inc., and project cost for the roadway and parking repair and improvements was $982,000; the water tanks were obtained under another project with the contractor. Funds were provided by the State of Hawai‘i through capital improvement project funding.
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Our Halemanu weather scout says "48 and damp, fire roaring." ...

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Kokee Museum - Hui o Laka shared a group post: Holiday Wreath & Swag Workshop. ...

Saturday's workshop is almost full! Take a peek at these door swags made this past Saturday as a warm-up.

December 27, 2014, 7:00am

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We are THANKFUL for all the dedicated Hui o Laka members and generous donors who attended the Annual Members Meeting. Together, we are connecting people with the spirit of Koke`e. Mahalo for your continued support. ...

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Kokee Museum - Hui o Laka updated their cover photo. ...

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Kokee Museum - Hui o Laka shared National Tropical Botanical Garden's photo. ...

Native Hawaiian species Scaevola gaudichaudii Photo taken in Waimea Canyon, Kauai

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You've heard of Black Friday...and Shop Local Saturday...and Cyber Monday.... But do you know about Giving Tuesday?
After all the sales, GivingTuesday is an opportunity for folks to give back through donations and volunteering.
Hui o Laka invites you to support Koke`e Museum programs and events with a tax-deductible donation or giving memberships as holiday gifts. All amounts are accepted gratefully, as they add up to buy needed items and support the many ways we help people connect with the spirit of Koke`e.
Give us a buzz at (808) 335-9975 or send mail to Hui o Laka ~ Koke`e Museum, PO Box 100, Kekaha, HI 96752. Mahalo!
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upper 40s and rainy in Koke`e this morning. ...

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~ ~ you have been warned....ZOMBIE ALERT! ~ ~

Your Koke`e reporter has been advised that there may be zombies on the mountain this weekend (part of a Boy Scout survival skills camp adventure.)
Be careful and stay tuned!
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Kokee Museum - Hui o Laka shared National Tropical Botanical Garden's photo. ...

Special Talk Story Session in Kilauea Speaker: Kawika Winter, Director of Limahuli Garden and Preserve of the National Tropical Botanical Garden "Conservation Past and Present: Applying 'Traditional Resource Management' Philosophies to Contemporary Conservation Practices on Kauai" Tues November 25, 5:30-7:30p This free event will be held at Common Ground Kauai, 4900 Kuawa Road, Kilauea Part of the Conservation Connections Talk Story series presented by the NTBG's Limahuli Garden and Preserve, Common Ground Kauai, and the Hawaii Conservation Alliance.

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A Kauai Christian Fellowship group had fall fun in Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow this weekend.
We just got word this might be called "sumo soccer!"
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