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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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Details about the Dept. of Forestry & Wildlife's fence construction, Pihea Vista to Kilohana Lookout. (2 photos) ...

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48' F at 6 a.m. ...

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Nature news from one of our local partners ~ ...

Executive DirecorJane Hoffman, Director Dr. Steve Rogoff, Secretary Gary Pacheco and Bookstore Manager Judy Burner at the 1st Annual Conference of Nonprofit Communitiies in Hawaii on November 9, 2010

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The Moule `ohana took their truck on some 4WD roads in Koke'e on Election Day, and were rewarded with this fantastic view of the "other" side of Waimea Canyon from the Alaka`i Picnic Area.

We love sharing your adventures...send photos via FB message or to mary@kokee.org
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HEAVY rain in Koke`e.
And we all know what that will lead to....

-- Randy Leonard photo
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Holiday Wreath & Swag Workshop

December 6, 2014, 10:00am - December 6, 2014, 7:00pm

3600' Elevation above sea level, just past 15 mile marker on Waimea Canyon Drive, at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow in Kōkeʻe State Park, PO Box 100, Kekaha 96752

Learn to make a wreath, tabletop centerpiece, or small evergreen swag at a workshop 10 am - 3 pm on Sat. Dec. 6 at the CCC Camp. Bring a beach chair, a mat, or a towel to sit on...in addition to clippers, scissors, gloves and embellishments. Greenery -- such as china fir, cypress, and redwood -- will be provided. Pack a picnic lunch, drinks and snacks for yourself or buy lunch from Koke`e Lodge. Cost is $20. To register, call 335-9975. Join us, learn and create, and adorn your home with the fragrance and magic of the mountains!

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Holiday Wreath & Swag Workshop

December 6, 2014, 10:00am - December 6, 2014, 7:00pm

3600' Elevation above sea level, just past 15 mile marker on Waimea Canyon Drive, at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow in Kōkeʻe State Park, PO Box 100, Kekaha 96752

Learn to make a wreath, tabletop centerpiece, or small evergreen swag at a workshop 10 am - 3 pm on Sat. Dec. 6 at the CCC Camp. Bring a beach chair, a mat, or a towel to sit on...in addition to clippers, scissors, gloves and embellishments. Greenery -- such as china fir, cypress, and redwood -- will be provided. Pack a picnic lunch, drinks and snacks for yourself or buy lunch from Koke`e Lodge. Cost is $20. To register, call 335-9975. Join us, learn and create, and adorn your home with the fragrance and magic of the mountains!

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Kokee Museum - Hui o Laka added a new photo. ...

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

Commonly called the giant Koke`e cyanea, this Cyanea leptostegia is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Photo by NTBG's Natalia Tangalin

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OK... Now that State Parks and forests have reopened after Hurricane Ana... Let's get back to that virtual hike into the Alaka`i Swamp that we started the other week, in concert with the Eo e Emalani i Alaka`i festival.
Here's the misty magical view from Kilohana that Queen Emma and entourage would have experienced (minus the hotel and condos far below.)
Mahalo to Randy Leonard for sharing photos. (2 photos)
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Update: 10/23/14: HIKE IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED ------------------------------ 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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