HTMC Clubhouse and Kaupo Cliffs

HTMC Clubhouse and Kaupo Cliffs

Justin Ohara and I led a small group of hikers up Kaupo Cliffs — the 1,300 foot cliffs that overlook Waimanalo Beach on the Koolaupoko Coast of windward Oahu. The way up Kaupo Cliffs is not immediately obvious and has been lost multiple times over the 100 year...
Backpacking Out from Waimanu

Backpacking Out from Waimanu

On the third and final day of our Waimanu adventure, the plan was to breakdown camp first thing in the morning and to backpack 9-miles to Waipio Valley — returning the way we had come. During the night and early morning, a light rain descended on our campsite...
Backpacking to Waimanu Valley

Backpacking to Waimanu Valley

I went on a 3-day backpacking adventure to Waimanu Valley on the Big Island with 7 of my hiking buddies from the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC). Waimanu Valley is located on an isolated stretch of the Hamakua-Kohala Coast where the landscape alternates...
Refinding Kaupo Cliffs

Refinding Kaupo Cliffs

After multiple false starts over 3 separate attempts, Justin Ohara and I finally refound the route up Kaupo Cliffs that overlooks Waimanalo and the Koolaupoko Coast of Windward Oahu. Back in 1998, soon after joining the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC), I had...
Rainy Season at Ka`ena Point

Rainy Season at Ka`ena Point

I hiked to Ka`ena Point to see the native plants and animals that live on the western-most tip of O`ahu during the rainy season. The winter months are the best time to visit Ka`ena Point when migratory whales and albatrosses arrive on the largest stretch of...
Native Plants and Pohaku of Kaena Point – Part 3

Native Plants and Pohaku of Kaena Point – Part 3

The rainy winter months are the best time to hike to Kaena Point to see the native plants and pohaku (boulders) which figure prominently in the stories and culture of old Hawaii. Kaena means “the heat” and appropriate describes the hot arid landscape which...