A Look From Above Maui’s Puʻu Māhoe Cinder Cone

March 19, 2016, 9:00 AM HST · Updated June 25, 12:31 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

We recently flew with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters to get a bird’s eye view of our beautiful island of Maui. Today’s video explores Puʻu māhoe located along the southwest rift zone of Haleakalā.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters pilot Tim Perry speaks to Malika Dudley

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters pilot Tim Perry speaks to Malika Dudley

Our pilot and guide, Tim Perry, is a wealth of knowledge. Check out the video (above) to hear more about D. T. Fleming and the arboretum that is named after him.

The arboretum was planted to preserve species from the dying forest of Auwahi. It took two years to prepare the area by building a caretaker’s cottage, fences and a water system.

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In 1952 propagated seedlings and air-layers from the Auwahi Forest were planted into the Arboretum. Today, of the 150 species of native flora planted in the Arboretum, 33 of these are on Hawaii’s endangered list.

If you would like to lend a hand with preserving native species at Puʻu māhoe or would like to make a tax deductible donation to the arboretum, click here for a link to their website.

Mahalo to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for the beautiful tour of Puʻu māhoe. Click here to find out more about Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and their helicopter tours which give you the opportunity to explore each of our Hawaiian Islands.


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Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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