has been written about the decline of Hawaii's famous honeycreepers
and other native forest birds. It is true that introduced diseases
and predators have taken a tremendous toll, but not all of our native
species are confined to the drawers of museum collections or to
the yellowing pages of the reference library.
has much to offer. The Pihea trail remains one of the best places
in Hawaii to see the 'I'iwi and other of our endemic native forest
birds. Hiking into the forest in search of native flora and fauna
once meant plodding through ankle deep mud in a chilling rain. The
rain is still there, but the construction of a boardwalk by the
Department of Land and Natural Resources along the Pihea and the
Alakai Swamp trails has made the search a much more pleasant experience.
- photo by Jim Denny |