Volunteers help in Kona’s cloud forest

Volunteers from Old Navy help to beautify the roadsides of Kaloko Mauka. From left: Marlies Lee, Kim Gentry Peck, John Alwine (general manager Kona Old Navy), Gina Lee and Tina Wielandt. (Kym Gentry Peck/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Spring in Kona’s unique tropical cloud forests and East Hawaii’s rainforests is heralded by abundant new growth of ferns, especially our endemic cibotium treeferns. If you want to get a sense of what life was like during the time of the dinosaurs, visit the Kona Cloud Forest above Kailua. The area abounds with ferns that once were dominant millions of years ago.