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Sheila Heathcote has lived in Hawaii since 1986. She's a published author on the topic of Kauai and the owner of Hale O Nanakai Bed & Breakfast.

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Ni'ihau Day at the Makauwahi Cave, April 6

A treasure trove of science, ecology, discovery and wonder on Kauai's South Shore

Some of the greatest living artisans of the fabled Ni`ihau shell lei will be at the cave Saturday, April 6, including Mama Ane Kanahele and her many descendants.

If you’re on Kaua`i, plan to spend Saturday 9-2 at the cave with our friends from Ni`ihau. In support of the Makauwahi Jobs Program, the Ni`ihau community on Kaua`i will mahalo the volunteers and visitors to Makauwahi Cave with a day of traditional music, crafts, and food. Come learn how to make a lauhala mat with the people who make some of the best in the world!

Proceeds from the event will go to support the jobs program for unemployed Native Hawaiians at Makauwahi Cave Reserve. Bring your lunch and picnic with the staff, volunteers, and visitors at this unique site that combines research into the past with futuristic restoration strategies.

The Makauwahi Cave is located on Kauai's South Shore , accessible throughn CJM Country Stables on the dirt road past the Hyatt.Tours of the Cave are conducted every Sunday from 9 AM - 2 PM.

At the center of its many attractions is Hawaii`s largest limestone cave, the richest fossil site in the islands, and a uniquely preserved archaeological site.

It's a living museum dedicated not just to the past, but also to experiments in native species conservation. On abandoned farms and quarry lands surrounding the cave, native plants and animals have returned in response to innovative restoration techniques. Acres of restored forest land, dune vegetation, and wetland habitat feature almost 100 species of native plants, including many endangered species, as well as endangered waterbirds and even an underground ecosystem of blind cave invertebrates. Photos courtesy of Mahauwahi Cave Reserve)

Field School Has a Few Openings

We have been receiving applications for this summer’s field school at the cave, slated for June 15-July 14. There are still a few slots left, so get in your application for 9 units of UH credit in Archaeological Methods and Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands.

Makauwahi Cave Reserve is a non-profit organization with Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. as a fiscal sponsor. The property is owned by Grove Farm Company, and managed by Lida Pigott Burney and Dr. David A. Burney, with the help and support of thousands of volunteers, students, and visitors from the local community and around the world.

Makauwahi Cave Reserve P.O. Box 1277, Kalaheo, HI 96741
(808) 482-1059