Friday, November 28, 2008
And speaking of walks, here's an Aaron Stene-style Kona scoop: Kaloko-Honokohau NHP will be opening (at some point) this lovely ramp and elevated walkway to view petroglyphs:
OK, admittedly, as scoops go, this is pretty lame, but still, stretching the definition almost to the breaking point, it's "news."
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This is a good time of year to hike up in Kaloko Mauka. Today I walked in from the highest point, at the end of Huehue Street, altitude 5075'. A misty and short hike, since I needed to get back to start the turkey. But I got one nice picture. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Today a large flock (at least 20) of Ae'o, Hawaiian Stilts was feeding at low tide:
They're an endangered species, but the population seems to be getting larger. Last year two of them made their nest right next to one of the trails and attacked when I got too close. But I feel affection for them. They're wonderfully graceful fliers. Two mini-flocks of seven birds each flew up and down the coast in constantly changing formations formations, squawking as they flew by, while I finished my walk.
Tomorrow, by the way, is not just Thanksgiving. It's the New Moon, and therefore, according to this Star-Bulletin article, the beginning of the makahiki season:
On Thursday we will see a new moon that has special significance to Hawaiians. It will be the first new moon since the constellation Makali'i (Pleiades) rose in the eastern sky at sunset last Monday. This signaled to Hawaiians of old that it was time for the makahiki -- and it speaks just as loudly today.
The full Hawaiian name of this celebration is makahiki na o Lono -- "time of the coming of Lono" -- a religious occasion welcoming the return of the god Lono, known for bringing wind and rain. It appears we're getting a head start.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
As all of Kona waited for the expected storm, waiting for the clouds to sweep in from the sea and give some relief and moisture to our arid land, I decided to hike at the top of Huehue Place in Kaloko Mauka. At 5000' I was above the storm soaking Kailua until I was on my way back to the car.
One of the best things about hiking mauka Kona in winter is that the lehua put on a show: