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10/21/2014 03:06 pm ET Updated Oct 21, 2014

A Journey Into The Heart Of Kahoolawe, 'Where Beauty Is Alongside The Ugliness'

PF Bentley/Civil Beat

HONOKANAIA, KAHOOLAWE -- Growing up on Molokai, Keani Rawlins used to look across the ocean at the nearby island of Kahoolawe and wonder if she’d ever visit.

Years later, the 31-year-old stands under an expanse of stars near Moaulaiki, the second-highest peak on Kahoolawe. The cool night air is a welcome relief after an unbearably hot day spent hauling rocks and cutting thorny keawe trees to clear a trail.

Rawlins, now in her third year of law school, is one of about two dozen volunteers spending four days on Kahoolawe doing environmental restoration work.

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