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...
Rare Haha or Cyanea Flowers on Oʻahu

Rare Haha or Cyanea Flowers on Oʻahu

One of my favorite things to do is to hike to remote locations on Oʻahu to see the unusual flowers of Haha or Cyanea when they bloom. Cyanea are in the lobelioid group of flowering plants endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The group is in the bellflower family —...
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...

“Wired Hikers” — Hawaiian Airlines Hiking Video

I’m featured as one of four hiking bloggers in “Wired Hikers”, a video produced for Hawaiian Airlines by Brad Watanabe of Berad Studios.  The video is of our hike on the Poamoho Trail and delves into the passions of 4 hiking bloggers — David...
Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

We hiked to the very back of Olowalu Valley in the West Maui mountains to look for native damselflies and tree snails. At 5,788 feet elevation, the summit of the West Maui mountains — Puʻu Kukui — receives incredibly high rainfall — about 32 feet per...
Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

We climbed the Waikane Trail to Puʻu Kaaumakua, hiked the Koʻolau Summit Trail to Waiāhole Uka and descended into Waiāhole Valley. Pete Clines, August Smith, Cory Yap, Reanne Solomon, and I met at the Hygenic Store in Kahaluʻu before proceeding to the South Fork of...