Mauna Kea Silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. sandwicense). Of the 2 subspecies of this plant, one is endemic to the high elevations of Mauna Kea and the other is found only at the high elevations of Haleakala on the island of Maui. They were numerous prior to the introduction of cattle and goats to the islands. Then, they very quickly approached extinction. Now they are propagated in protected areas in an attempt to save the species.
You can click on "Map This" above to see where these photos were taken. Unfortunately, SmugMug has recently changed the mapping service to one totally inferior to the excellent Google Maps they used to have. I have complained to them, and they say they are listening, but we shall see. If you are interested in seeing this area with an acceptable computer map, bring up either Google Earth or Google Maps and search "Mauna Kea, HI." I hope that SmugMug will return to their commitment to quality, which is what attracted me to their service in the first place.