NOTE: Only those registered for at least 1 full day of the conference are eligible for the field trips

Honolulu Zoo Twilight Tour (June 19, 2018)

Trip leader: Laura Debnar (Honolulu Zoo)

You will be guided by zoo educators on a twilight walking tour through the new Ectotherm Complex where you will see several nocturnal animals including native snails, coconut crabs, and Japanese Giant Salamanders. This special tour is currently unavailable to the public and the Honolulu Zoo is organizing this event specifically for conference participants. There will be three tours between 5:30 – 6:30 p.m on June 19, 2018. 

Please note that this tour will be before the conference reception event. All proceeds will go to the Aloha Aina Conservation Fund.

Difficulty: Easy. Participants will need to find their own transportation to the Honolulu Zoo. It is 0.3 miles (6 min, walking distance) from the conference venue (Hilton Waikiki Beach) and 0.5 miles (9 min, walking distance) to the reception at Waikiki Aquarium.

Cost: $15 for children under 12; $20 for adults; $5 for Kama’aina

Capacity: 75 participants

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Post-Meeting Field Trips (June 23, 2018)

State snail rearing facility and conservation enclosure

Trip leaders: David Sischo and Kupaa Hee (Snail Extinction Prevention Program)

This is a rare opportunity to visit the state's snail rearing facility, where you can see several species of Hawaiian land snails that are extinct in the wild, and learn about the extraordinary efforts being taken to save the remaining few. 

Vehicles leave Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel at 7:00 a.m. and drive to Kaneohe to take a tour of the Department of Land and Natural Resources – Snail Extinction Prevention Program’s captive rearing facility. This facility is currently rearing 20 rare and endangered Hawaiian snail species. From there we will drive to the Honouliuli State Forest Reserve to visit a predator-proof enclosure which protects wild populations of four species of critically imperiled snails. Honouliuli State Forest Reserve is located on the southern end of the Wai'anae Mountains and is comprised of rare dryland and mesic forest that is one of the last refuges for many of Oahu’s endangered species. This trip will highlight the in situ and ex situ snail conservation efforts underway to protect Hawaii’s imperiled snail fauna.

Return to Hilton Waikiki Beach by 5:00 p.m.

Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced hiking skills required. Hiking in the Honouliuli Forest Reserve includes traversing unmaintained portions of the trail as well as off trail portions. From the trailhead to the snail enclosure requires approximately 1.5 hours of hiking, for a total of three hours of active hiking time roundtrip. There are restrooms at the captive rearing facility but none along the hiking trail. Conditions can change quickly on the summit, it is recommended that participants bring rain gear, sun screen, and 1.5 liters of water. Lunch will be provided.

Cost: $40 per person to cover costs of transportation and lunch.

Capacity: 8 participants 

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Mt Kaala Natural Area Reserve

Trip leaders: Nori Yeung, John Slapcinsky, Jaynee Kim, and Jamie Tanino

Description: There will be two groups visiting to the Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve at different times during the day.

Group 1 - CLOSED FULL Will depart the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel at 7:15 a.m.  Mount Kaala is the highest point on Oahu (1200 m above sea level) and home to many endemic fauna and flora. Access will be via the Mt. Kaala access road, a restricted, paved road that leads to the summit. Once at the summit, participants will enjoy a scenic hike along the 1 km boardwalk through the high elevation bog habitat, characterized by the stunted cloud forest dominated by endemic species. Mt Kaala is home to representatives from 6 of the 10 Hawaiian land snail families and many species are endemic Mt. Kaala. 

Click here for more information about the Mount Kaala Natural Area Reserve.

Return to Hilton Waikiki Beach by 2:00 p.m.

Group 2 - - CLOSED FULL

Departs at 10:30 a.m. and return by 5:30 p.m.

Difficulty: Easy but may be slippery on wet boardwalk. It will be cool and wet. Rain gear and sunscreen is recommended. Bring at least 1 L of water. Lunch will be provided. The boardwalk is narrow such that participants will be walking through single file, therefore the number of participants per group is limited. There are no restrooms in this area.

Cost: $40 per person to cover costs of transportation and lunch. 

Capacity: 6 participants per trip

Shark’s Cove


Trip leaders: Ken Hayes and Ellen Strong

Description: Van will depart Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel at 7:30 a.m. and drive to the north shore of Oahu to Shark’s Cove. This easily accessible intertidal area is great for tidepooling and snorkeling.  Waters are usually calm in June but surges are possible. For June 23, 2018, low tide is expected at 4:30 AM (-0.1 ft) and high tide at 12:54 PM (1.5 ft). Lunch is not provided, but trip leaders will take participants for lunch at a popular local venue on the north shore. Participants will need to pay for their own lunches. 

Return to Hilton Waikiki Beach by 3:00 p.m.

Difficulty: Easy although this area is not a sandy beach and the entrance and surrounding areas are rocky. Tide pools are perfect for children to wade in, but should be supervised. Participants are responsible for bringing their own sunscreen, water, snacks, snorkel gear, and any other beach accessories. Sandals or dive boots are highly recommended for wading, as the area contains many sharp rocks and coral reef fragments.

Cost: $25 per person to cover costs of transportation.

Capacity: 10 participants - Filled.

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