LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – December

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018

Saturday December 8, 2018 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Waihe’e Coastal Dunes  & Wetlands Refuge Hike December 8 It’s time for our annual December Hike and Holiday Luncheon! Aloha Maui Hikers- This is a beautiful unspoiled coastal trail, with interesting archaeological features. It covers about three miles and will take about 2.5 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. After the hike we invite everyone to our Annual Holiday Lunch at 808 on Main! Details About Our Hike: Where: Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge Trail When: 12/8/18 – Meet at 8:30 am at the Starbucks at the Queen Kaahumanu Mall. We will carpool to the Trail head on Kahekili coastal highway, across from Waihe’e School & leave the lot as a group at 8:45am. Length: 3+/- miles total. We will be back to the cars by 12:00pm+/- Elevation Gain: Minimal Skill Level: 1/5 — A Nice Enjoyable Walking Trail – A Beautiful Hike for Everyone! Coordinates: 20°56’21″N 156°30’37″W 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...

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