Exploring Haleakala- A Maui Must-See!

Haleakala Crater

When you come to Maui, you have to experience the beauty that is Haleakala (House of the Sun) National Park. Maui’s dormant shield volcano that sits 10,023 feet above sea level is breathtaking. At the summit, you actually feel as if you could be on another planet, and the views …

Explore Maui Nature – Road to Hana

One of the best trips you can take while on Maui is the Road to Hana. Over 600 curves and 50 one lane bridges, all surrounded by natural beauty. It’s definitely something you don’t want to miss! As soon as the mile markers change to zero (where Hwy 36 switches …

Five Alala (Hawaiian Crow) Released into the Wild

January 4, 2017 – For me and many other bird lovers out there, this new year brings renewed hope for the conservation efforts revolving around the Alala (Hawaiian Crow). On December 14, five captive-raised crows were released into the wild at Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve (Big Island). By the …

Maui Birding Spotlight: The Hawaiian Goose (Nene)

December 2016 Birding on Maui is always fun, especially when you head upcountry into Haleakala National Park. The temperature is cooler, it’s a completely different landscape and you have the chance of seeing the endemic Hawaiian Goose, or Nene (nay-nay). It is currently the nesting season for this geographically isolated …

Banding Wedge-tailed Shearwater Chicks – Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

October 21, 2016 – This morning, a large group of volunteers gathered in the grassy field of Kamaole III (Kam 3). Their mission? -To support Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project (MNSRP) and band hundreds of juvenile Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. I volunteered and MNSRP selected me to be a “handler.” Handlers reach their arms far …

Maui’s Changing Landscape – Sugar Cane Operations Come to a Close

Anyone who’s been to Maui knows the valley’s defining landscape feature is the vast flowing fields of sugar cane. It surrounds the main airport on almost all sides, continuing up the leeward slope of Haleakala and east along the Hana Highway for miles; fields of green that just stretch on …