A Pocket Guide to Nature on O‘ahu shows where O‘ahu’s nature can easily be discovered and the island’s native birds, sea creatures, and plants viewed firsthand. In special places like Hawai‘i’s largest and oldest public park, Kapi‘olani Park in Waikīkī, one may glimpse the White Tern or Pacific Golden-Plover, or swim with a multitude of fish and watch Hawaiian sea turtles sun themselves in the sand at thirty-thousand year old tuff cone, Hanauma Bay.
Contemplate the assortment of native Hawaiian coastal plants framing incredible scenery at Makapu‘u Beach Park. Observe Hawaiian monk seals at the remote and wild Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve or along the coastline north of Turtle Bay. Walk through mountain forests at ‘Aiea State Recreation Area.
At these, as well as other sites, you will see spectacular products of millions of years of evolution—a beautiful honeycreeper, graceful albatross and other seabirds, rare migratory bird species, multi-hued tropical fish and corals, a majestic koa tree, endemic coastal plants, a colorful Hawaiian tree snail, or an ancient lobelia.
To help explain what you will observe, A Pocket Guide to Nature on O‘ahu also provides a backdrop of interesting information about the islands, weather and natural events, the evolution of Hawai‘i’s species, and current conservation efforts.