In this page you will find out more about what has recently happened in Caly's life, but the wider community around her- from nearby plants to the people that move rare plant conservation forward in Hawaii.

April 23, 2020

Happy Earth Day kākou!

Over the last month, the air has been cleaner than usual up here and the sounds of the natural world are easier to hear. Now that I have 24-hour internet access, I’ve realized that the environmental changes I have been seeing in this gully near th...

September 12, 2019

Hot and dry summer periods can be particularly challenging for plants to endure. Comparing the recent late summer period (8/1 and 9/9) between this versus last year,  it is clear conditions at the top of the Waianae range have been very toasty. On average, this year's...

June 25, 2019

This year’s flower bloom was short and intense… Check the image below for the entire animation! Compare it with last year's bloom when I clearly was still recovering from the nearby tree fall. 

I was not the only Cyanea or native plant in flower around here! The nearby ...

June 20, 2019

Despite the very dry spring, I am now in full flower! This year, I am joined in flowering by a few of my keiki stems that have been growing vigorously since last year when the forest canopy fell on me -I mean- opened up quite a bit…

 1 week before flower bloom

Current im...

April 29, 2019

As my flowers prepare to bloom soon, one challenge that me and other plants up here have had to cope with is a relatively dry spring, particularly in comparison to last year. In fact, the soil moisture sensor directly next to me shows the driest readings since beginnin...

March 29, 2019

Flower season is approaching! This year, following robust growth by my keiki over the last few months, several of my stems are developing flower buds!

Can’t wait to see who will come and visit!

 Not to brag, but this is one healthy canopy!

March 14, 2019

Last week, we visited Caly and the monitoring system do some repairs and maintenance. As usual, the scenery eclipsed time on the climb up the mountain to where Caly lives.

 Photo credit: Elyse Butler

When we arrived, we got to work at the base station, whe...

February 15, 2019

Last Saturday night (2/10) as Honolulu suffered with temperatures dropping to 64F (the Hawaiian “coolmageddon”), a few miles away temperatures at the ridge directly above me dropped to below 50F.

However, for those concerned about me and the bitter Hawaiian cold, don’t...

February 8, 2019

The time lapses and live climate data that illustrate my life on top of a mountain sometimes fail to show the extreme weather native plants like me endure...

The video above (taken by wet and cold humans) gives an example of a gusty and rainy day when I lost severa...

January 18, 2019

If you answered they are both from Hawaii, sorry but pineapples are from South America!

Ok, another clue: What do Caly, pineapples and spiral galaxies have in common?

…The answer is that they all exhibit a geometric pattern called a golden spiral (or Fibonacci spiral). F...

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