ʻŌhiʻa Cloud Forest at Puʻu Kahuauli

ʻŌhiʻa Cloud Forest at Puʻu Kahuauli

I joined the trail clearing crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Bowman Trail that leads to the ʻōhiʻa cloud forest at the summit of Kahuauli. The Bowman Trail was built by the US Army in 1919 under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel...
Clearing the Kamananui and Kulanaahane Trails

Clearing the Kamananui and Kulanaahane Trails

I joined the trail clearing crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Kamananui and Kulanaahane Trails in Moanalua Valley that lead to the Koʻolau Summit Ridge. There is some confusion in the name of these trails.  The State of Hawaii’s Na...
Manana Trail Clearing in the Rain

Manana Trail Clearing in the Rain

I joined the trail clearing crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Manana Trail above Pacific Palisades that leads to the Koʻolau Summit Ridge. It was a dark, cloudy and rainy morning when I reached the end of Komo Mai Drive above Pearl...
Native Plants and Animals in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve

Native Plants and Animals in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve

On the second day of the HTMC camp out in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve, I looked for rare native plants and animals in Pahole Natural Area Reserve. Our camp site was located at about 2,200 feet elevation.  During the night the temperature dropped to 60 degrees and...
Godek-Kulanaʻahane Loop

Godek-Kulanaʻahane Loop

I climbed up the Godek-Jaskulski Trail to the summit, scrambled along the spine of the Koʻolau Mountains, and descended the Kulanaʻahane Trail to loop back where I started. When August Smith and Duc Ong told me of their plans to circumnavigate Moanalua Valley I was...
Clearing the Kawaiʻiki Trail

Clearing the Kawaiʻiki Trail

I joined the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the trail that leads to the freshwater pools at Kawaiʻiki on the north shore of Oʻahu. Kawaiʻiki is one of several valley trails on the leeward side of the Koʻolau Mountains above Haleʻiwa constructed to...