Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine
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To be clear, much of the vegetation growing on this site—as is the case for everywhere in the lowlands of O‘ahu—is introduced from elsewhere in the world (non-native). And yet, the Hawaiian Islands have a diverse native flora with over 1000 species of plants found nowhere else. These unique plants are called endemic species. Our native flora also shares many species with other Pacific Islands, plants native to both areas called indigenous species. We have a small but important group of plants we call Polynesian introductions or "canoe plants" that were brought here by the early Polynesian migrants from other Polynesian islands in the Pacific Basin. The remaining plant species—and far the majority in terms of abundance—trace their presence here to introductions made by people after 1778. These are the non-native species.
Please respect the efforts many, many volunteers have and continue to put into this project by staying on trails and not damaging plants along the way. Some plants are rare and protected by state and federal statutes. Others have cultural value and gathering material from these plants for a valid cultural purpose is encouraged.
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Distributed along trails throughout the park are color-coded QR codes providing information where encountered on the names and origin status of the plants (green QR) and cultural points of interest (orange QR). The blue QR Codes bring up additional information pages, such as this: QR GUIDE SYSTEM.
Each orange QR page includes a compass diagram (example below) that can be used to navigate your way along the many park trails.
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