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    Honouliuli Preserve
    (Island of O`ahu)

    TNC heard from you! Developing the 2001-2005 Honouliuli Preserve Master Plan involved nearly 400 people interested in the future of Honouliuli Preserve through surveys and public meetings.

    The plan outlines our proposed work in the areas of resources management and public involvement.
    We look forward to your continued participation in accomplishing the objectives set forth in the plan. Download the .pdf file (181 K) to review it. To view the figures in a new browser, go to:
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    Located on the southeast slope of the Wai`anae mountains, Honouliuli Preserve (3,692 acres) is home to nearly 70 rare and endangered plant and animal species. The strip of land once belonged to Hawaiian royalty and was named Honouliuli - meaning dark, dark harbor - for the dark fertile lands that stretch from the waters of Pearl Harbor to the summit of the Wai`anae Mountains.

    Leased from the Estate of James Campbell, Honouliuli Preserve protects several Hawaiian plants and a native land snail species that are found nowhere else on Earth.

    Within its boundaries contain one of the last remaining habitat on O`ahu for native forest birds and for the Hawaiian owl (pueo), revered as a guardian spirit or `aumakua by ancient Hawaiians. Here, too, lives the flycatching `elepaio, a singing land bird once worshipped by Hawaiian canoe builders.

    Honeycreepers also inhabit the forests of Honouliuli: the crimson-feathered `apapane sings its varied song above the crown of the forest; and the yellow `amakihi sings a flight song amid the wet forests.


    Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers lead monthly hikes on each of two trails in Honouliuli Preserve.

    The Palikea Trail is steep and eroded in places so if you are afraid of heights, you may want to opt for the Contour Trail which is mostly level. Interpretive guides will show you native and non-native flora and fauna, explain the cultural uses of both, and the history of the area.

    The trails are 3-4 miles long and require you to be in good physical condition. Hikes begin at 8:30 am and end at 2:30 pm, including a break for lunch. Call Beverly O'Sullivan at 808-537-4508 ext. 220 to make your reservation. A $5.00 deposit is required and space is limited.

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