Kanaha Beach, north Maui. This photograph shows all of the species of trees, sprawling bushes, vines, and grass that help stabilize so many of Maui's sandy beaches: the tallest trees are Iron Wood (Casuarina equisetifolia), Kiawe or Mesquite (Prosopis pallida), and Candlenut or Kukui (Aleurites mollucana). The tall bush near the center of the photograph is a Tree Heliotrope (Tournefortia argentea). 'Aki 'Aki Grass (Sporobolus virginicus) carpets the stabilized dunes in the foreground.
kanaha beachplant life of Kanaha beach