On Friday, October 28, 2011, I attended Pauahi’s Land Legacy huakaʻi in Paʻalaʻa, Waialua. We were fairly warned . . .
Trail conditions include:
Our hike was about three hours of educational exercise. It was amazing seeing koa trees and learning about both native and non-native species. What was most striking was standing in the understory and looking up, knowing that almost every species we could see was invasive and pretty destructive. It was difficult to imagine what it looked like prior to the introduction of cattle and all the flora and fauna that accompanied them, plus other species that have arrived in the blink of time. The delicate Hawaiian ecosystem just cannot withstand the onslaught of new species.
Our guides were excellent, a wealth of knowledge and I came away with a much deeper understanding for the 'aina and KS's role in working with not only this 23,000 acres, but with all the aina I could see from where we stood.
It was an excellent opportunity and I urge others to participate if at all possible!
Here's a short video on the North Shore Plan: