One important rule in the park, and on the island as a whole: Please do not vandalize, deface, damage, or remove any park features, including plants, animals, archaeological materials, or lava. They are protected by federal law, and local supersition says they are protected by more than that. If you remove lava from this island, bad luck will befall you immediatelly!! Either way, it's not worth it :-)
Here is the Hawaiian goose. It is called the Nene (nay-nay) and is a close relative of the Canada goose. It so closely resembles them both in appearance and DNA structure that biologists consider them to be close cousins and believe that migrating Canada geese were blown off course and deposited here eons ago.
The Nene has physically evolved a shorter wingspan and smaller flight feathers since it is now a non-migratory bird. It also has smaller webbed feet than its Canadian cousin possibly because it is mostly a land-bound bird now.
It was hunted almost to extinction 40-50 years ago. Between humans, mongoose and domesticated animals hunting them, they didn't stand a chance and a
repopulation effort was started about 40 years ago in the more unpopulated uplands of the islands. This effort has since brought the Nene back towards a better standing. Though still endangered, it is now starting to move back into the lower, more populated areas of the islands as their population grows.
These gentle birds are widely known for their lack of fear of vehicles and are seen somewhat commonly as roadside kill. That's why you'll see the yellow diamond traffic signs warning of a "Nene Crossing" along many upland roads. So, if you see the signs, please heed the warning and slow down! The Nenes will appreciate it.
It is a very elusive bird it seems....at least, for us. Of our several trips to the islands and the many warning signs we've seen, we never actually saw the birds in the wild. That was until our last trip. On our way back from a pre-dawn trip to the end of Chain of Craters Road in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park to watch the lava, we stopped at one of the many craters along the way. That's when we finally got to see a pair and snapped this photo.
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The fairly steep descent of this winding road makes it hazardous to drive, especially under wet conditions. Please observe the speed limit, be careful of pedestrians and drive with caution.
There is no food, water, gasoline, telephones or other services along this road or at its end. Be sure you have enough gasoline in your vehicle for the round-trip before you begin this journey and carry snacks and water with you.
If you plan to visit the petroglyphs or the area where lava is flowing into the ocean, please consider wearing long pants (to prevent scrapes and burns) and good closed toed shoes/boots for maximum safety.
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explain why Relinde turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
When we were here, this hotel was closed for remodeling. It might have needed it - my sister visited...more
11-3802 Twelfth St/PO Box 205, Hawaii, 96718, United States
Good for: Business
The park ranger told us about this place and we passed it also on the ship's tour. I did not know...more