LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – December 2017

Posted by on Nov 25, 2017

Saturday December 9, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Please mark your calendars to join us on Saturday, December 9th for our Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge Hike. After the hike we invite you to have lunch together at Fat Chicks Burgers (they have more than burgers) at the Waihe’e Golf Course. Please let us know if you will hike and if you will join us for lunch.

Information about the Hike:

This is a beautiful unspoiled coastal trail, with interesting archaeological features. It covers about three miles and will take about three hours. We may see whales, turtles, seals, Hawaiian birds and native plants. It’s an easy and scenic hike, but there is no shade so bring a hat, sunscreen, and water, as well as a snack.

The following is some information about the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge:
Active restoration is enhancing this critical native wildlife habitat while preserving one of the most significant cultural sites in Hawai‘i, once populated with two thriving Hawaiian villages.

Protected Property Information
Size: 277 acres
Year Protected: 2004
Land Protection Strategy: Owned by the Land Trust
Conservation Values: Recreation, archaeological and cultural preservation, and habitat for native plants and animals

Land Features: Coastal wetlands, dunes, marine shoreline, near-shore reef systems and riparian habitat
The Land Trust took fee ownership of this very sensitive 277-acre site in 2004. Active restoration programs have enhanced critical native wildlife habitat, while preserving the area’s rich archaeological and cultural resources. Once populated with two thriving ancient Hawaiian villages, an extensive inland fishpond and several heiau, the Waihee Refuge is among the most significant cultural sites in the State.

In testament to the returning health of the ecosystem, eight different endangered species have taken up residence at the Refuge in recent years. With the wetlands primarily cleared and habitat-appropriate plants now thriving, the area is host to many native Hawaiian bird species, including ae‘o (stilt), alae ke‘oke‘o (coot), koloa (duck), and even nene (goose).

Quiet and pristine, the Waihe‘e shoreline is a favorite retreat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals and nesting green sea turtles. Off the coast, the extensive reef is one of the longest and widest on Maui. It’s believed that this reef system provided excellent fishing in ancient times and it is, in fact, still a favorite among local fishermen today.

The public is invited to visit the Refuge on free, guided explorations offered throughout the year, or for a self-guided walk along the two-mile coastal trail (that’s us!).

The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust ensures that this rich cultural site, once slated for development as a destination golf resort, will be forever protected.

Date:                       Saturday, December 9th
Meeting Time:     Meet at 8:30 am at the Starbucks parking lot at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center. We will leave the parking lot at 8:45am.
Length:  3+/- miles total. We will be back to the cars by 12:00pm+/-
Bring:   Sunscreen + a Hat and maybe poncho/jacket in case of rain, Water/Sports Drinks & Snack!!
Wear:   Hiking boots or good sneakers (slippers not recommended for this hike)
Difficulty:   1.5 of 5 – A GREAT hike for everyone – bring a friend!

Please RSVP by December 7th so we know how many to expect.

Check back for our 2018 Hiking Schedule
We hope to see you Hiking!

Please Remember: 
This is a non-sponsored hike. By participating each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety.

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