|Probably dropped by accident.|
Since then, the valley has been visited my many and it's beauty will no doubt bring them back. Anyone who's read this blog knows that my quest to find the Lost Trail to Lanihuli is what brought me here and over a series of months, the trail route was rediscovered and finally a swath through the uluhe was cut up the ridge pioneered over a decade ago by Dayle Turner. The spur ridge up to Alewa is very steep, slippery, and scratchy. Much of the beginning is a muddy hillside devoid of foot or hand holds. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and it will be left to be reclaimed by the uluhe.
|O'ahu False Ohelo Damaged.|
|Mountain Naupaka Broken|
|Mountain Naupaka Damaged|
However, there are some really rare and special plants in Hawaii. They've all been on the decline since the first humans set foot here. Most people don't realize the drastic changes that have occurred here didn't just start when Captain Cook's ship arrived but hundreds of years earlier when the first Polynesians arrived with the dog, pig, and chicken. Those simple introductions began the unraveling of the an ecosystem that had developed over millions of years. Science is still discovering species that were eliminated when the first humans arrived including several flightless ibis, a land crab that probably played a large and important role in the health of the forests, and many others. Once Capt. Cook made contact with Hawaii, a massive influx of exotic plants, insects, and animals began anew. A huge number of speices have been imported over last 200 years and accelerated this decline dramatically. The Sandlewood logging near the end of the Hawaiian Kingdom devastated the forests like nothing before or since. Care should be taken to not further their decline by damaging or destroying them. As enjoyers of the mountains I believe we all have a responsibility to them tread as lightly as possible.
|Nu'uanu Valley Cira 1889|
"borrowed" from Hawaiian Biota's Flickr Photostream
I've neglected the blog for the last month due to schedule changes, work, family, and life and now here's a post from me standing on my soap box. Next week I will hit something new and different! Aloha and thanks for reading!