Authors: Michael B. Thomas
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Locality: Oahu, Hawaiian Islands (21.306810, -157.656130)

The Makapu‘u Point trail, within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November – May). Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds. An interpretive sign and viewing scope along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location.


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Families: 22
Genera: 34
Species: 32 (species rank)
Total Taxa: 36 (including subsp. and var.)
Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L. - English: cencilla, sea purslane, western seapurslane; Hawaiian: `ākulikuli
Aloe vera (L.) Burm.f. - English: West Indian aloe
Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi - English: Christmasberry
Stapelia gigantea N.E.Br. - English: Zulu giant
Bidens pilosa L. - unspecified: matakaro
Senecio sp. - English: groundsel
Sonchus sp. - English: sow thistle
Tournefortia argentea L.f. - English: velvetleaf soldierbush
Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britton & Rose - Spanish: Pitahaya orejona
Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill. - Spanish: Nopal de Castilla, Nopal espinudo
Casuarina equisetifolia L. - English: common ironwood; Palauan: ngas
Chenopodium oahuense (Meyen) Aellen - English: alaweo, Molokai goosefoot
Terminalia catappa L. - English: Indian almond
Jacquemontia ovalifolia ssp. sandwicensis (A. Gray) K.R. Robertson - English: oval-leaf clustervine; Hawaiian: Pa'uohi'iaka
Merremia aegyptia (L.) Urb. - English: hairy woodrose
Coccinia grandis (L.) Voigt - unspecified: scarlet-fruited gourd
Chamaesyce sp. Gray - English: spurge, sandmat
Desmanthus pernambucanus (L.) Thell. - English: pigeon bundleflower
Prosopis pallida (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Kunth - English: mesquite; Hawaiian: kiawe
Vachellia farnesiana var. farnesiana (L.) Wight & Arn. - unspecified: coastal scrub wattle; English: klu bush, sweet acacia, coastal scrub wattle
Scaevola taccada (Gaertn.) Roxb. - English: beach naupaka; Hawaiian: naupaka kahakai
Abutilon grandifolium (Willd.) Sweet - English: Hairy abutilon, hairy Indian mallow
Gossypium tomentosum Nutt. ex Seem. - English: Hawai'i cotton; Hawaiian: ma`o
Sida fallax Walp. - English: yellow `ilima; Hawaiian: `ilima
Thespesia populnea (L.) Sol. ex Corrêa - English: seaside mahoe; Hawaiian: milo
Myoporum sandwicense A.Gray - English: false sandalwood; Hawaiian: naio
Cenchrus ciliaris L. - unspecified: buffelgrass, kikuyugrass
Cenchrus echinatus L. - English: field sandbur
Digitaria sp. - unspecified: crabgrass
Coccoloba uvifera (L.) L. - English: seagrape
Portulaca oleracea L. - English: common purslane; unspecified: little hogweed
Waltheria indica L. - Spanish: basora-prieta
Lantana camara L. - English: largeleaf lantana, nettleleaf shrubverbena

Development of the Consortium of Pacific Herbaria and several of the specimen databases have been supported by National Science Foundation Grants (BRC 1057303, ADBC 1304924 and ADBC1115116). Data Usage Policy. Copyright © 2015 University of Hawai‘i.

How to Cite: M.B. Thomas, J.F. Rock Herbarium, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2015. Consortium of Pacific Herbaria Database (CPH). Available from: (date accessed)

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