Maunaloa Heads to Mo`omomi

Students recount field trip

‘It Was Classic’
By Maria Angst
In the morning, we drove in cars to Mo`omomi and it was bumpy. We were going up, down, and side to side. It was classic!

As we walked on the footpath, we saw a white native plant. It is soft and fluffy. It only grows at Mo`omomi. It is called `ena `ena.

At Mo`omomi beach we saw flags that marked where the shear water bird nests were. We saw a baby sheer water bird. The bird looked like a grayish cotton ball. The shear water bird also has a short wedge tail. It rested peacefully under a flat rock.

Next, we ate lunch in a cave that looked like an upside down sand dune. It looked spectacular! Uncle Ed gave us juice to drink because we listened and paid attention. On our hike, we also saw tree snail fossils. We learned that the ancient Hawaiian people ate turtle, and that there are deer at Mo`omomi.

Last, we picked rubbish from the beach. There were bottles, cans, floaters, toothbrushes, and lots of plastic. Birds think the rubbish is food and eat them and they die.

Lesson Learned
By Vaai Seumalo
When we went to Mo`omomi beach, we learned that Uncle Ed and his crew cut down the kiawe trees to help the native plants.

We looked at the native wedge-tail shear water birds. We learned that sometimes monk seals come to the beach. A long time ago, there were many green turtles that would also come to Mo`omomi beach. Hawaiian used to eat the turtle that they caught. They also ate crabs and fish.

At Mo`omomi, there are different kinds of rocks. There are sandstones, imu stones, and stones used for tools.

We picked up some rubbish. Uncle Ed said that some boaters dump their rubbish in the sea and it ends up on our beach.

I enjoyed my Mo`omomi Beach fieldtrip!

Mo`omomi Nature
By Noah Gomes
I saw a fluffy bird. It was white and gray. The fluffy chick was under the rock. There were three types of rocks. All of us ate in the cave then Uncle Ed gave us juice. Then everyone was picking up the rubbish. After, Uncle Ed took all of us back to the bus.

Sandy Cave
By Likeke Lindsey
When we went to Mo`omomi Beach, we had lunch in the cave. The cave was made out of sand. I thought it was spectacular to eat in a cave that was made out of sand.

After we ate lunch, we picked up rubbish. We also saw tree snail shells. The tree shells are about 1,000 years old. We also saw birds in the hole. The flags tell us that there are ua`u kani bird nests.

Birds and Rocks
By Luika Pelekane
When we went to Mo`omomi Preserve, we got to see the birds in the nest under the rock. There are about 500 ua`u kani baby chicks. The birds looked like a fluffy ball. We saw lots of shells on the hill. The shells were white. We saw different rocks too. The rocks were black and had little holes in it. We also ate in a cave. The cave was nice and pretty. Uncle Ed helped us go down to the cave and then down to the beach to pick up rubbish.

Trash Pickup
By Haliaka Lima English
When I went to Mo`omomi, I had lots of fun. We saw a fluffy ua`u kani baby chick. We learned about three different kinds of rocks. We saw a sand rock, imu rock, and a rock they used as tools.

We went in a cave. It was spectacular because it looked like a great place to camp. We also ate lunch in the cave. We also picked up rubbish. There were floaters and coolers. The trip was awesome!

500 Nests
By Mahealani Borreta-Proctor
There are 500 wedge-tail shear water bird nests at Mo`omomi Preserve. There was a baby shearwater chick underground. The birds use the trail to find their homes. There are many kiawe logs. The logs are for the fence to stop the cars from driving in.

We ate lunch in a cave. We ate hot dogs, carrots, drank grape juice, and drank sips of bottled water. We also took a picture in the cave.

We saw shells. There are about 1,000 snail shells on a flat rock. The snail shells are 1,000 years old. The rain washed the snail shells to the beach.

We also cleaned the beach. We helped by picking up the rubbish. We picked up paper, cans, and plastic.

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