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Kaua'i cave tells 10,000-year tale
JAN TENBRUGGENCATE | The Honolulu Advertiser


[For information about the cave, write to makauwahi@gmail.com or call (808) 482-1059. Tours are given from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.]

MAHA'ULEPU, Kaua'i — The Makauwahi Sinkhole, the largest limestone cave complex in the Hawaiian Islands, is yielding an unprecedented look into Hawai'i's history, with a record of life that dates back 10,000 years.

The findings from a multiyear archaeological dig at the sinkhole have profound implications for proposals to reforest parts of the archipelago with native vegetation, since it shows that coastal forests included a wide range of plants long thought to be limited to upland habitats.

The site also reveals a rich array of bird life, and has changed the current understanding of what pre-human Hawai'i looked like.

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