Aloha! Welcome to "Nature Notes"!

Check-in for our occasional spotlight, highlighting a particular natural event or organism, usually focused on the unique collection of plants and animals who have made their way, through wind, waves, or weather, to the islands of Hawaii.

November 12, 2017

Ok. Time to address the boar on the lanai. Hawai’i Island, at 19.5 degrees North latitude, lies firmly in the tropics (or at least the sub-tropics if we are going to split degrees.) We are, indeed the de-facto southern most of all the United States, lucky to experience...

October 28, 2017

Years ago our family lived for a time in Costa Rica. Our electricity-less, palm-frond-roofed living quarters had an outside shower, which we all loved. A trip to the “bath house” was often the naturalist’s candy store; columns of leaf-cutter ants shuffling along with l...

October 17, 2017

Hawai’i! Tropical sun, swaying palms, active volcanoes, sandy beaches, snorkeling with the fishes - living the aloha life! First, better lather up on sunscreen- Right? WHOA! Even if you do not go into the sea, by spraying on your sunscreen, (which mostly ends up in the...

October 10, 2017

            One of the many treats that Hawaiians look forward to is when the Liliko’i “go off,” heralding the time when the Liliko’i fruits ripen and fall off the vine. This makes for some lovely snacks while on a stroll or later, in preserved jams or syrups....

October 2, 2017

Aloha all! As many of you know, I have an interest in animal mysteries. At Hale Holoholo we have a brand new mystery, again featuring several of our housemates, the Green Anoles (see previous post). We have about 4-8 running around chasing flies, gnats, the occasional...

September 25, 2017

My “office mate” here on the Big Island is a Green Anole (Anole carolinensis) mistakenly, but often called a “chameleon” in the mainland pet trade. He (or she) routinely takes up its post on the window screen next to my computer and chases all the flies and other pesky...

September 17, 2017

There is an urban legend that there are no snakes in Hawaii. This is true. If you don’t count the two that are here. Now if you are thinking of watching your step more carefully whilst walking down a rainforest or lava rock trail, I will give some advice: watch your st...

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