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) ...
HIKE IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED
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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.
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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
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) ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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.
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
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
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. -------------- ...
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!