As you walk along the coastal trails, keep your eye out for many of the plants that are native to Hawaii. Watch for the shrub-like naupaka with it half flowers of white. Growing along the lava, you may spot the lavender pohuehue, a native beach morning glory. Walk under the shade of the gracious hala tree, whose leaves are used to weave mats and baskets. Native plants may be either indigenous, meaning that they are found in our island chain as well as other places in the world, or endemic meaning that they are found only in the Hawaiian Islands.
Did You Know?
Did you know that cowboys used to call the Alahaka Ramp the “one foot out trail”? Due to the very hazardous condition of the ramp in the early 1900s, cowboys would ascend up or down the ramp with one foot out of their stirrup ready to jump free in case the need should arise.