Thursday – May 31, 2018 – Waipio Bound
A quick update as we descend into remote Waipio Valley to work with Pueo Taro Farm for the next two days. Our second week on Hawaii Island saw our group visiting the Place of Refuge at Honaunau Bay, exploring coral reefs and relaxing on white San beeches at Hapuna State Park, and spending three days exploring the cloud forest at Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge, 6400’ up the slopes of Mauna Kea. The refuge is closed to the public and we were grateful to get access to some of the last remaining forest of this type We met with researchers growing and planting critically endangered plants and even caught glimpses of some of Hawaii’s endangered song birds.
Itinerary update: We will be spending the evenings of May 31 and June 1 in Waipio Valley but will be shifting back to the drier side of the island, staying at Mahukona County Park on June 2 and Spencer Beach Park June 3 and 4.