Kaho’olawe  

 
 

In September, 2008, I had the amazing privilege of being able to visit Kaho’olawe with the Protect Kaho’olawe Ohana. Only about 50 people per month are able to access the island this way, with others being able to access through the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission. The group I traveled with was primarily from Kauai and the Kauai Community College Hawaiian Studies program. It was an amazing cultural experience that I will never forget. Below are some mostly unlabeled pictures. Kaho’olawe endured over 50 years of bombing after decades of abuse due to cattle ranching and overgrazing. Over 90% of the vegetation is non-native, though many people are working to change that. We camped in Hakioawa, which was once populated.