Kau wela (summer) at Auwahi
Every year, the southern slopes of Haleakalā go through a marked seasonal progression, ‘the drying’, well known to all the ranchers on that side of the mountain. Beginning in the fall, the winds shift frequently and thick dark clouds and lashing rain are frequent companions on that side of the mountain. Then summer comes on with long days, clear skies, and abundant sun. With no rain, the scene quickly shifts, sometimes in days, and some of the native biota, which are specialists at this, go into a quiescent stage similar to the dormancy of deciduous trees in temperate climates.
Doryopteris decipiens, also known as kumu-niu, manawahua and `iwa`iwa, is a native fern species found at Auwahi. As pictured above, this fern is tuned in to and responds quite precisely to the comings and goings of rain on the lava fields of southern Haleakalā.
Amazingly, these two images were taken only 12 days apart of the same kumu-niufern. The last photo was taken this week, displaying completely withered foliage in preparation for summer at Auwahi.
Saturday, June 23 we invite you to join us on another volunteer trip to Auwahi forest.
Due to limited seating, please understand that confirmation of your reservation is required for you to attend. To request a seat, send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Meet at `Ulupalakua Ranch Store. Please park behind store and bring all your gear.
When: Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM
What to bring: Due to the rough and steep terrain, we require hiking boots that cover the ankle, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Long pants are also recommended to protect against the dense brush. Please bring a back pack with layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Coolers are not advised because of the rugged terrain we need to traverse to do our work. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.
Located on and sponsored by `Ulupalakua Ranch, the Auwahi Project (www.auwahi.org) protects one of the last diverse tracts of dryland forest in the archipelago. We are a community based project, in large part, dependent on the contributions of the public, especially in terms of volunteerism for tree planting and other aspects of forest management.
As usual, before leaving the ranch we will be decontaminating our boots with brushes to help prevent the spread of invasive plants and using alcohol to avoid the potential spread of rapid `ōhi`a death (ROD) and other possible pathogens that can threaten our native Hawaiian forests.
Auwahi Forest Restoration `ohana