Now for the rest of the day!
We were picked up at our hotel at about 1:30PM by Lance in a van for the Natural Highlights of Oahu tour led by Oahu Nature Tours. There were already 9 other people in the van. We headed east of Waikiki.
We passed Koko Head on our right:
To our left is Koko Crater:
As we passed Koko Crater, we could see the old military railway tram bed leading straight up the south side:
Our first stop was Hanauma Bay:
Lance pointed out some of the flora, including the Scaveola taccada/Beach Naupaka:
Wikstroemia uka-ursi/Akia/Fish Poison Plant:
The fruit of the Pandamus:
We also saw Zebra Doves, Spotted Doves and Mourning Doves. As we were leaving, those in the front of the van were able to see a mongoose. (Kent was sitting in front next to the driver, and Brynne and I were in the very last row of the van...)
The hillsides were covered with shrubbery including Prosopis sp./Mesquite:
Koko Crater from the Windward Side:
Our next stop was at Halona Cove to see the blowhole. I do not know how ancient these "cairns" are:
You can rent these three-wheeled vehicles:
Jacquemontia ovalifolia/Pa'u o Hi'iaka:
Sida fallax/Beach Ilima:
Perhaps a seaweed?
View north towards Makai Research Pier:
The next stop was at the Waimanalo Beach.
A red hibiscus:
Casuarina sp./Ironwood Tree:
A surprise stop was at the Kaelepulu/Enchanted Lake Bird Sanctuary (http://kaelepuluwetland.com/) in the middle of a residential development:
Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis/Alae'ula/Hawaiian Gallinule, Fulica alai/'Alae Ke'oke'o/Hawaiian Coot, and the Himantopus mexicanus knudseni/Ae'o/Hawaiian or Black-necked Stilt. We may have seen Anas wyvilliana/Koloamaoli/Hawaiian Ducks, but more likely we saw their relatives, the mallards. Also saw Pluvialis fulva/Pacific Golden Plovers.
(Partial Oahu bird checklist: http://oahunaturetours.com/birds.html)
Next stop, Ulupo Heiau State Historic Site:
Mangifera indica/Mango Tree:
Aleurites moluccana/Candlenut Tree:
Brynne and Kent:
More storm clouds coming:
It's hard to believe it is Christmas Eve!