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Hawai'i Natural Area Reserves System

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Several Natural Area Reserves have been set aside by the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources to preserve unique geological features and the natural ecosystems of native marine and terrestrial plants and animals.  The intention is to preserve them for future generations as illustrations of original natural heritage.  `Ahihi-Kina`u is the first reserve of the Natural Area Reserve System. Sparsely vegetated, the reserve is unique in that it contains an example of the most recent a`a` lava flow on the dry south flank of East Maui. Also unique about the reserve is that it contains a marine area. Visitors can find high and low salinity anchialine pools that house a high diversity of rare Hawaiian shrimps and native Hawaiian cave animals in coastal lava tubes. Coastal dry shrublands, coastal mesic boulder beach communities, and examples of pioneer vegetation can also be found serving as habitats for other rare native plants and animals.  Volunteers are needed to help with rubbish pick up, alien plant removal, and other activities at 'Ahihi-Kina'u and other Natural Area Reserves on Maui and Moloka'i.  For more information call (808)873-3506 or visit www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/nars/narsfr.html


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Comments? / Questions? e-mail webmaster@hear.org.  This page created on September 07, 2001 by Starr , and last updated on December 14, 2007 by Starr.