The hike almost got cancelled because the day started out quite rainy and there was some worry about the hike being too muddy. I was glad that I was able to convince the group that we can go slowly and that getting dirty on the hike was part of the fun anyway.
Happy hikers: Rosita and Laurina
Then you go through a bit of secondary forest. It was pretty muddy and slippery. I thought for a second that maybe I shouldn't be so gung ho or determined the next time it's this rainy.
The pretty and fragrant Sumac or Aidia cochinchinnsis
Wild passionfuit or Passiflora suberosa
There was enough walking sticks picked up on the trail between Laurina and Rosita for an entire cadre of hikers.
Looks quite treacherous!
Pretty sandstones in the dirt
Our constant seashore companion: Princess Naupaka, the Half-flower.
Lantana camara or Wild sage. It is a pretty flowering shrub with an interesting odor.
We found some Dodder or what the Hawaiians call Kauna'oa growing in the sabana or grassland
Can you see the small white flowers of this parasitic plant?
I blogged earlier about the Hawaiian island of Lanai's official lei made of orange Kauna'oa
I made DJ a quick mwarmwar with Kauna'oa and Lantana .
Nice outcropping where you can see different layers of earth
I see you!
JP, the avid photographer
Tanke Beach, Kagman
After Forbidden Island, I wanted to see Tanke Beach to maximize our time in Kagman. It gave DJ, Lauire and I the perfect opportunity to beachcomb a little for some neat critters. There are usually lots of marine debris on this beach since it faces the Pacific Ocean in the east. All sorts of trash washes up here from all over the Pacfic Rim.
Here's a curious sole with oysters growing in the little spaces or pockets.
A closer look after carefully taking out a few reveals some Isognomonidae, or Tree oysters. The beautiful inside is nacreous or pearly. The ancient Chamorros fashioned fish hooks out of these shells.Plenty trash, nei!
A little hermit crab in a nice Fine-net Peristernia (Peristernia nassatula)
There are enough signs at Tanke Beach saying that it is a Marine Protected Area, yet we saw this guy obviously fishing there.
Goose barnacles (Lepas sp.) that were still alive attached to an old water jug.