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Connecting scientists with the mountains~ Visiting hydrologist Maoya Bassiouni went off in search of the Kawaikoi stream gauge earlier this month...and as you can see, she found it! One of her recent papers is "Trends and shifts in streamflow in Hawaii, 1913-2008" available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.9298/full ...

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A lovely way to celebrate Earth Day ~ Make your reservations and join us. ...

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Here are "before" and "during" eclipse photos from Sue Boynton. Click to see them larger. ...

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Last night's "blood moon" lunar eclipse, as seen from Koke`e at about 10:30 p.m. Photo by Wayne Jacintho ...

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

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New in the Museum Shop ~ "Wai Ola" is the latest release of soundscapes by Hui o Laka trustee David Kuhn. The CD is "an aural celebration" of streams, waterfalls, showers, marshland, river and sea...and the native birds, seals, and whales sustained -- mauka to makai -- by the water of life. c/ 2014 www.SoundsHawaiian.com ...

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Sharing this reflection on koa by graphic & fabric designer Sig Zane of Hilo, on Hawai`i Island: ------ ULUKOA Standing inside a koa forest is such an incredible feeling. The old trees are so inspiring, just knowing they have witnessed more than a century of time. The youthful ones seem full of vitality, reaching for the light. Like being under a spell, being inside a forest of koa is really awesome! Noticeable at human level are the simple, young leaf patterns. Above our heads, it’s the sickle shaped parts that are prevalent. Those petioles take main stage, making all the noise in the wind and deflecting the sun’s rays. Even on the forest floor, they steal the show! As the father of the forest, the koa is not only the largest tree, but often the oldest. The shape of the petioles gathers the moisture from the clouds and directs it to the understory. This function of caring for his community is a perfect symbol for harmony in the Hawaiian forest! [....] E ola koa! Sig April 9, 2014 ...

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HAWAI`I BIRD CHECKLIST Attention bird fans and trip planners: You'll want to save (and print out) this wonderful list! Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association has put a free download of their "Bird Checklist for the National Parks of Hawai`i" on their website. The booklet is a great companion to Audubon's "Hawaii's Birds," which provides photos and info about both native and non-native birds. http://www.hawaiipacificparks.org/downloads/HPPABirdChecklist.pdf?utm_source=Volume+Three+Issue+One+March+2014&utm_campaign=March+2014&utm_medium=email ...

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Sharing a stunning view from one of our partners... ...

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University of Hawaii Botany 303 students stayed at the CCC Camp for their field experience week, March 22-29. The course, taught by Don "Quixote" Drake, PhD, combines lectures and lab work with intensive field experience in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Pictured: Evan Uy, Mark Ladao, Mio Shimada, Jack Pearson and Alex Spurr. ...

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On a beautiful Kekaha morning, 45 cyclists took to the mountain to train for Pedal to the Meadow (the race on May 25 that ends at the Museum's forest fair, the "Banana Poka RoundUp"). At the "intersection," some called it a day, half a dozen took off trail biking, and many kept going up to Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow. Some of the riders made it into a group photo. Always watch for cyclists on the roads, especially in the months leading up to the race and on April 13, the next group training ride. ...

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Be sure to check out the Events section on this Facebook page to get details about our two upcoming Earth Day activities -- a Kokua Koke`e trail and camp workday on Sat. April 19 then a dinner at Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar on Thurs. April 24. Mahalo to Lorraine Wichman for organizing the dinner. ...

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Wildfire in Patagonia Park It’s all-hands-on-deck time in Valle Chacabuco, as landscapers, trail builders, mechanics, lawyers, architects, cooks, pilots, along with help from the Chilean Forest Service and army, are fighting the worst wildfire in memory, with over 5,000 acres burned in the past two days. The cause remains unknown, perhaps a cigarette butt from a passing car. Dry late-summer conditions allowed the fire to spread quickly, and gain heat as it entered some forest. Animals seem to be heading out okay, and at this time of year few have young or eggs. Here on Kauai, let's all remember to be fire-wise, especially in precious parklands! ...

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The Banana Poka RoundUp is May 25. (check out the event listing on this page and Join!). This forest education fair also is the finish line for the uphill bicycle race, "Pedal to the Meadow". Cyclists will be training this weekend so please drive with care especially on blind corners! ------ Kauai Cycle invites cyclists to a group training ride up Waimea Canyon, so you can train for Pedal to the Meadow. When: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Where: Meet at Kekaha Neighborhood Center at 8 am For: Ride to the Meadow/Museum and back down. This is an unsupported ride, so bring your own food, drink, tools, & flat repair supplies. ...

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