Sunday, October 14, 2007

Paiko Lagoon Field Trip - Ahupua'a 'o Kuliou'ou

This last Saturday, Oct. 13 - a group of us from Malama Maunalua led by Alyssa Miller and Christina Ryder of Ducks Unlimited ventured into Paiko Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary for a sightseeing tour and a discussion of the flora & fauna of the area. We also were able to clean litter from the area and pull-up some of the invasive seaweed growing in the lagoon.

Alyssa had described some of the previous work that has been done in the area including removal of some of the invasive plants and trees. There removal provides space and less competition for some of the native plants to grow in the region such as the Pohuehue vine and Milo trees which are trying to keep steadfast on the beach area. Also, how Paiko Peninsula has been historically very unstable with sands constantly shifting over time.

Christina mentioned that the lagoon is very productive in regards to providing safe grounds for pua or offspring of certain fish such as oio, mullet, aholehole & kaku (barracuda). Baby mullet were seen jumping and swimming in schools throughout the area.

Not many birds were seen in the lagoon while we were there except for some Kolea (Pacific Golden Plover) & possibly a couple of 'Ulili (Wandering Tattler) off at a distance. No Ae'o (Hawaiian Stilt) or "Auku'u (Black Crowned Night Heron) were seen; although, I often do see them in the lagoon and in other areas in Maunalua such as the canals in the valleys leading to Kuapa pond. "Ulili are common to see on the beach and mud flats off Kuli'ou'ou Beach Park.

Mostly invasive seaweed was found in the lagoon such as the Gracilaria (Gorilla Ogo), Avrainvillea (Leather Mudweed) and the Acanthophora (Prickly Seaweed). Where the mudweed was growing it was quite soft & muddy. Your feet sink into the sediment making it difficult to walk at times. Although, mostly all of the seaweed I observed was invasive - I did see a small pocket of Limu Palahalaha. Another green seaweed was growing in small areas in which I cannot remember the name other than it has "tax" in part of its scientific name. The leaves look like small palm fronds. I don't know if this particular seaweed is an invasive or native seaweed. It was growing right at the inlet into the lagoon. There is some Limu 'Ele'ele growing on rocks outside the lagoon; however, I didn't see any inside the lagoon.

The Avrainvillea seaweed which is growing thickly on the flats outside the lagoon I had heard is not liked by fish. From my observations in this area, this seems to be true. I never see much fish in the area where it is growing other than a periodic barracuda.

Paiko Lagoon is a beautiful place and very unique to this area now. I view it as sort of a last vestige of what was once common in this area before Kuapa pond was dredged and developed by Henry Kaiser.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

[b]King Of Pirate Online[/b]

King Of Pirate is a fully 3D-designed multiplayer online game based on 5,000 years of pirate history.

In it, comical pirate characters and creatures travel the high seas and encounter intricate story-based quests,

wondrous cities and beautiful landscapes in their search for treasures fit for a king – or a king's ransom!

Though the excitement of ship-to-ship combat is a heady brew for newcomers and veterans alike,

many players take pride in their place among the community. Whether you seek to enforce the laws of the KoP world,

http://www.KingOfPirate.com





Tales of pirates private server
pirate king online private server
top/pko private server
private server
igg top
igg

Anonymous said...

hi every person,

I identified hawaiisites.blogspot.com after previous months and I'm very excited much to commence participating. I are basically lurking for the last month but figured I would be joining and sign up.

I am from Spain so please forgave my speaking english[url=http://lalatesttrends.info/].[/url][url=http://sportsnewsep.info/].[/url][url=http://trendytopicsud.info/forum].[/url]

Anonymous said...

Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It's always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!

- Josh

Anonymous said...

slide and movie titling software http://buyoem.co.uk/product-35838/Icare-Data-Recovery-Software-4-5 gps and software [url=http://buyoem.co.uk/it/product-35362/3herosoft-DVD-to-PSP-Converter-3-5-MacOSX]snappy auction software[/url] black baud software
[url=http://buyoem.co.uk/product-36199/Natso-Backup-Server-2011]Natso Backup Server 2011 - Software Store[/url] taxcut software javascript error
[url=http://buyoem.co.uk/category-4/Software-Plugins][img]http://buyoem.co.uk/image/5.gif[/img][/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/atacand.htm][img]http://onlinemedistore.com/5.jpg[/img][/url]
preckshot pharmacy peoria illinois http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/minocycline.htm what does cvs stand for in cvs pharmacy [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/catalogue/q.htm]tricare for life pharmacy formulary and non formulary[/url]
pharmacy colleges in south carolina http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/maxalt.htm pharmacy colleges and universities in florida [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/karela.htm]karela[/url]
pharmacy technician salaries http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/minocin.htm bremo pharmacy richmond va [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/methotrexate.htm]rutgers pharmacy school[/url]
kent ct pharmacy http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/categories/anti-depressant-anti-anxiety.htm buy link pharmacy net top ultram [url=http://englandpharmacy.co.uk/products/avapro.htm]avapro[/url]

Anonymous said...

dating older women and personals http://loveepicentre.com/testimonials/ best cities for interracial dating
dating clay pipe bowls by angle [url=http://loveepicentre.com/]free black dating site[/url] dating website for arab gays
dating tips vietnam [url=http://loveepicentre.com/]the impaired dating sites[/url] gay dating site men 30 [url=http://loveepicentre.com/user/sam9999981730/]sam9999981730[/url] dating ex girlfriend's friend