Wailuku, Maui, Hawai‘i –– On August 6 the public is invited to explore the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge on a guided walk led by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT). The event is open to the public and completely free. Hikes begin at 9 a.m. and last until about noon. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 244-5263. Space is limited.
Along the easy two-mile loop trail, HILT director of conservation Scott Fisher will guide the group through the ancient Hawaiian fishing village of Kapoho while sharing the history and lore of this special place, once home to four of Maui’s ruling chiefs. View the area’s ancient heiau (temples) and learn about traditional Hawaiian life in this fertile lowland.
The Refuge is also home to eight endangered plant and animal species. Along the trail, the group will explore at least four different wildlife habitats, including shoreline, wetland, coastal dune, and Hawaiian perennial stream. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. It may be hot, so bring water, sunscreen and a hat. No dogs please.
The Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge is a 277-acre site actively being restored by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust as an environmental, cultural, historic and educational resource.
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is a nationally accredited non-profit organization with the mission of acquiring and protecting conservation lands across the State of Hawai`i for the benefit of the natural environment and of current and future generations. For more details on the organization and its protected lands, call (808) 244-5263 or visit www.hilt.org.