Mamalahoa Trail on the Kona Coast

Mamalahoa Trail on the Kona Coast

We hiked sections of the Mamalahoa or King’s Trail to see unspoiled beaches and anchialine ponds along on the Kona Coast of the Big Island. My hiking buddies for this part of the trip were Pete Morton, who lives on the Big Island, and Chase Norton, who flew in...
ʻApapane at Kilauea Iki

ʻApapane at Kilauea Iki

I hiked the rim of Kilauea Iki Crater on Hawaiʻi Island to look for and photograph native forest birds in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. At the crack of dawn I pushed-off from my friend’s home in Puna and drove towards Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on...
Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at Mokoliʻi

Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at Mokoliʻi

We went to Mokoliʻi — Chinaman’s Hat — to see Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and enjoy panoramic views of Kāneʻohe Bay. About 14 of us met at Kualoa Beach Park early in the morning to swim to Mokoliʻi.  Mokoliʻi is the 12.5 acre islet just offshore from...
Schofield-Waikane Hike

Schofield-Waikane Hike

I lead the Schofield-Waikane hike for HTMC which overlooks the very back of Kahana Valley and the peaks on the Koʻolauloa Coast of windward Oʻahu. I did this hike twice — once for trail clearing and another time leading the public hike.  On the trail...
Red-Footed Boobies at Makapuʻu

Red-Footed Boobies at Makapuʻu

For the past several weeks I have been looking for red-footed booby birds at Makapuʻu along the Koʻolaupoko Coast of windward Oʻahu. I love to hike to Makapuʻu to see sweeping views of Makapuʻu Bay, Waimanalo, and the offshore islets of Mānana and Kāohikaipu.  It...
Clearing the Trail to Pu‘u Kaaumakua

Clearing the Trail to Pu‘u Kaaumakua

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the trail that leads to Pu‘u Kaaumakua on the Ko‘olauloa Coast of windward O‘ahu. After meeting at Kualoa Beach Park, we consolidated into six 4WD vehicles and drove up Waikane...