Happy first day of spring! And thank you to photographer, Jim Murray, for sharing this awesome shot of one of our native honeycreepers, the ʻamakihi (Chlorodrepanis virens), sipping nectar from our native ʻōhiʻa tree (Metrosideros polymorpha) in Hosmer Grove.
The weather may be shifting, but technically we don't have "spring" here in Hawaiʻi. Instead of four seasons, the ancient Hawaiians observed a lunar calendar that had only two main seasons. The dry, summer season, kauwela, begins around April and the wet, winter season, hoʻoilo, begins around October.
By the Hawaiian calendar, we are in the lunar month of Nana, on the night of the Māhealani (the full moon). The moon's phase dictates the best times for planting, harvesting, and fishing activites. Today is an excellent day for lawai'a (fishing) and mahi ʻai (planting). #Māhealani #Spring #LunarCalendar #Haleakalā #Nana #Amakihi #HosmerGrove #Ohia #Lehua