Rare Native Plants and Animals in the Waiʻanae Mountains

Rare Native Plants and Animals in the Waiʻanae Mountains

For quite some time now I have been exploring remote ridges and gullies in the Waiʻanae Mountains to look for rare native plants and animals. Much of the Waiʻanae Mountains lie in the rain shadow of the Koʻolau Mountains and makes the Waiʻanae Mountains significantly...
Clearing the Halapepenui Trail

Clearing the Halapepenui Trail

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Halapepenui Trail which overlooks Pearl City in the Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu. The Halapepenui Trail is a 6.6 mile loop above Pearl City which can be accessed from four...
The Poamoho Fence

The Poamoho Fence

We hiked sections of the proposed Poamoho Fence which will protect the leeward headwaters of the Poamoho watershed in the northern Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu. As a counter-measure against changing trade wind and climate patterns, the State of Hawaiʻi is increasing the...
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 —...
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...

“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...