Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine
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Welcome with aloha to
Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine, a State of Hawai‘i park reserve. This park has been developed entirely by volunteers from
‘Ahahui Mālama i Ka Lōkahi. Its purpose is the furtherance of native Hawaiian cultural values through establishment of a landscape of native plants; a place where students and other groups, and the general public, can explore for exercise, relaxation, and knowledge. This park site has many artifacts that speak to ancient habitation and its cultural significance (wahi pana). PARK HOURS ARE: sunrise to sunset.

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.

On the compass diagram, "----" or "|" indicates the trail.
Face north to right/left orient on the diagram.

road NORTH hill
Wahi Wai Ua
You are here
compass drawing ------ Piko
road SOUTH Olomana

Prepared by docent, Eric B. Guinther
Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi
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