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

Join NTBG on Hike into Alakai Swamp - Sign Up Now A rare treat! Hike Koke‘e with NTBG botanists. Free. Learn about native plants, invasive species problems, and science and conservation efforts at the NTBG. Scheduled for: Saturday, November 22, morning Advance registration required. Limited to 20 participants. Email only: botany@ntbg.org This hike is considered strenuous and participants should have good hiking boots and a raincoat. The hike will leave from the Pu‘u O Kila lookout in Koke‘e State Park, proceed along Pihea Trail to Alaka‘i Swamp Trail, cross the Kawaikōī Stream and head into the Alaka‘i Swamp. The round-trip distance will be approximately six miles. Further details available at registration. Photo: Schiedea lychnoides in Alakai

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How much did it rain on Kaua`i during Hurricane Ana?
(10/19-1/20 24hr span.)
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A TROPICAL STORM WARNING went into effect at 5 p.m. for Kaua`i County, as Hurricane Ana is expected to impact the southern shore of Ni`ihau. For official weather updates, visit www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc

As of 5 p.m., the category 1 hurricane was about 130 miles south-west of Honolulu and 145 miles south of Lihu`e, moving to the northwest at 8 mph. The storm's track moved a little closer to Kaua`i, Ni`ihau and O`ahu since earlier forecasts. Hurricane Ana is now expected to pass about 95 miles south of Ni`ihau overnight, 115 miles southwest of Kaua`i Saturday night, and 120 miles southwest of Oahu Saturday evening. (3 photos)
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The small white shapes northwest of Hurricane Ana are Kaua`i and Ni`ihau. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Kaua`i County.
State-managed forests and parks remain closed. Stay safe, everyone.
Image taken at 7:25 am 10/18.
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NATIVE PLANTS WORKDAY POSTPONED
Our friends at the Kauai Native Plant Society say that due to the weather forecast, the Kawaiele at Mana work day set for this Saturday, Oct. 18, will be rescheduled. Check their group page for updates.
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KAUAI STATE PARKS CLOSED
> All state-managed Kauai forest reserves, natural area reserves, trails, hunting areas and campgrounds will be closed until further notice, including Waimea Canyon, Alakai Wilderness, Sugi Grove and Kawaikoi.
> All Kauai state parks are closed until further notice, including Napali Coast State Wilderness Park and the Kalalau trail. Trail closed signs will be posted at the Kalalau trailhead and campers at Kalalau beach were warned to evacuate or shelter in place.
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Eo e Emalani i Alaka`i 2014 -- Danny Hashimoto photos (17 photos) ...

Anyone sharing these images *must* give photo credit to Danny Hashimoto. Mahalo!

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Emma's trek ~
Last week, before the Eo e Emalani i Alaka`i festival, we were featuring photos of a modern-day hike through the Alaka`i Swamp. Here's the latest installment...just imagine it without the boardwalk or fencing to see the terrain Queen Emma and entourage experienced.

Mahalo to Randy Leonard for sharing photos.
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Here's a link to a slideshow by Emalani festival visitor Jennifer Bauman, of her photos set to Nick Castillo singing "Akaka Falls."

youtu.be/JbJpAWHL4_Y
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Mahalo, KITV ! ...

The Emalani festival on Kauai commemorates the 1871 journey of the Queen to the forests of Kokee.

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Mahalo to all our Volunteers!
Koke`e festivals can't happen without you! (3 photos)
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Eo e Emalani i Alaka`i -- Randy Leonard photos (14 photos) ...

Anyone sharing these images *MUST* give photo credit to Randy Leonard. mahalo!

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Mahalo to all the performers who filled the meadow with music yesterday at the Eo e Emalani festival!

Randy Leonard photos (2 photos)
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a festival tribute... ...

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

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Eo! Eo! Eo e Emalani! ...

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Kokee Museum - Hui o Laka shared HAWAII Magazine's photo. ...

On Kauai this weekend? A day of hula and historical reenactments will honor Hawaii’s Queen Emma at the 26th annual Eo e Emalani i Alakai Festival in Kauai’s Kokee State Park this Saturday Oct. 11. Story on HawaiiMagazine.com: bit.ly/1pX3A8t

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VIRTUAL HIKE - photo 3
"What goes down, must come up"
This week, we're sharing photos by Randy Leonard of a hike through the Alaka`i Swamp to Kilohana Vista. Lace up your virtual boots and enjoy!
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Kaua`i folks -- a local lecture ...

Join us Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 5:30pm at KCC for a Free Talk on ‘Fire and Hawai‘i’s Ecosystems’ by Dr. Clay Trauernicht, specialist in fire management, Cooperative Extension Program, CTAHR, University of Hawai‘i. Location: Cafeteria, Kaua‘i Community College Campus Center 3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Highway, Līhu‘e ntbg.org/sharing/news.php?id=1360

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A short video introduction to the Eo e Emalani i Alaka`i festival and this year's queen. ...

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VIRTUAL HIKE - photo 2
This week, we're sharing photos by Randy Leonard of a hike through the Alaka`i Swamp to Kilohana Vista. Lace up your virtual boots and enjoy!

Mature `ohi`a lehua trees (Metrosideros polymorpha) in the waterlogged Alaka`i may reach only two feet, while in normal soil they might grow to over 40 feet tall.
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VIRTUAL HIKE
For the next few days, we'll be sharing photos by Randy Leonard of a hike through the Alaka`i Swamp to Kilohana Vista. Lace up your virtual boots and enjoy!
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In addition to our regular Facebook page, we create subpages for events, such as the upcoming Emalani Festival (www.facebook.com/events/1434246530147677/) ...so be sure to click "Like" on our events too.
In case you missed it, here's a recent post from our National Public Lands Day celebration and workday.
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Wildlife artist Patrick Ching led a painting session on the Museum porch, while volunteers buffed the meadow and Museum grounds on 9/27. mahalo to all for a great day!

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Unique Kaua`i opportunity! ...

Artist Patrick Dougherty will be creating his first piece in NTBG's McBryde Garden on Kauai in November 2014 and you can volunteer to help!

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Wildlife artist Patrick Ching led a painting workshop on the Museum porch on National Public Lands Day (Sept. 27), while landscaping volunteers beautified meadow areas. Mahalo to all for a great day of service and smiles. ...

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