Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kealia Trail

On Saturday January 21, 2012 MMS Tree Huggers, the few and the proud, hiked Kealia Trail.

It was a great day with beautiful views. We saw plenty of gliders flying by, skydivers jumping from planes, and whales playing right outside the sets rolling in to Mokuleia.
 The rocks from an old quarry were used to build the airstrip at Dillingham airfield. Now, what remains of the quarry is an aquaculture farm. The water is fresh water and the top of Oahu's fresh water table

The Tree Huggers successfully found and identified many plants along the trail, some native and others invasive. One of the native plants we saw was this Peperomia sp. 'ala'ala wai nui. It has many medicinal uses, particularly to cure feminine ailments in traditional Hawaiian medicine (La'au lapa'au).

Rest up Tree Huggers and see you next month on Wiliwilinui Trail!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Project Noah

We will be observing and identifying plants (and potentially other organisms like mushrooms and insects) on our Kealia Trail hike this weekend. If you have a smart phone or a digital camera feel free to bring it with you. You can upload your observations to Project Noah,, a website affiliated with National Geographic. It is a tool to document and identify organisms and be citizen scientists.
There is a free app for android and iPhone users, too.

See you Saturday in your comfortable clothes with plenty of water and sunscreen!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


The Kealia Trail hike has been rescheduled for Saturday Januaray 21st. Please meet at the front of the school if you are able to help carpool or if you need a ride.

The MMS Tree Huggers Club t-shirt is on sale now until Feb 2nd. Click on the link below for an order form.

NOTE: The design came off the t-shirt in the link so it doesn't look right, but it will be on the shirts we order :)
The Tree Huggers Club t-shirt was designed by Mililani High School graduate, now artist living in New York City, Kristin deNeeve. Check out her website: