|Boarding the boat to Kaho'olawe - M. Heckman photo|
|Hard pan, Kaho'olawe - M. Heckman photo|
|Lost boulder, Kaho'olawe - M. Heckman photo|
|Rainy day runoff, Kaho'olawe - M. Heckman photo|
|Did not make it - M. Heckman photo|
|Made it! - M. Heckman photo|
|M. Heckman photo|
The island will come back, I am sure, it will just take a long time.
|Dew/rain/wind stop plates, Kaho'olawe - M. Heckman photo|
|Cloud bridge from Maui to Kaho'olawe - M. Heckman photo|
So this area was possibly the original landing site for the first Polynesians from Tahiti and the site to launch from to do a return trip.
Also from, "Lae o Kealaikahiki (“Point of Kealikahiki”[viii]) the northern and southern horizons are visible, allowing navigators to see both Hōkūpa‘a (the North Star) and Hānaiakamalama, the Southern Cross" (Hawaiian Encyclopedia).
|Connections to traditional navigation and Polynesia - M. Heckman photo|
|Blackfoot 'opihi Cellana exarata - M. Heckman photo|
|Practicing 'opihi surveys - M. Heckman photo|
|Yellow-foot 'opihi Cellana sandwicensis and Sub-tidal or giant 'opihi Cellana talcosa - M. Heckman photo|
On another day, I went for a long snorkel while the students learned fish survey techniques. It was as interesting as expected. Note the cushion star, the mu, the unexploded ordinance (the island is barely cleared of old unexploded shells, the ocean is not cleared at all ) and the uku which was much bigger than it looks. I was thinking that it was big enough to give me a hard time when it first swam by, reminded me of the ulua in the NWHI. The image below is by the time I managed to get my camera out.
|Cushion star Culcita novaeguineae - M. Heckman photo|
|Mu Monotaxisgrandoculis - M. Heckman photo|
|Ordinance - M. Heckman photo|
|Uku Aprion virescens - M. Heckman photo|
I leave you with this image of a 700 year old wiliwili tree from the island. Somehow it has survived all of the years of humans, bombings, wind and rain. It strikes me as a symbol of hope. The island ultimately will survive.
|Wiliwili tree Erythrina sandwicensis - M. Heckman photo|
|M. Heckman photos, Kaho'olawe 2013|