Clearing the Wailau Trail in East Molokai

Clearing the Wailau Trail in East Molokai

We cleared the historic Wailau Trail that starts near Pūkoʻo on the southeast side of Molokai, climbs to the Kamakou summit ridge, and drops down into Wailau Valley on the remote northern coast of the island. I was so anxious to start clearing the Wailau Trail —...
Hawaiian Forestry and Medicine on Aiea Ridge

Hawaiian Forestry and Medicine on Aiea Ridge

I drove up to Aiea State Park to see where Hawaiian forestry and herbal medicine intersect and to see stunning views of Kane’ohe Bay and windward O’ahu. Clouds covered much of the mauka parts of the island as I entered Aiea State park where Keaiwa Heiau is...
Kamaileunu in the Clouds

Kamaileunu in the Clouds

I joined the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to climb to the top of Kamaileunu – the massive ridge that descends from Mount Kaala and separates the valleys of Waianae and Makaha. While only a 7-mile round trip, the hike starts at sea level and climbs 3,210...
Kamaileunu Ridge

Kamaileunu Ridge

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the trail that leads to the summit of Kamaileunu Ridge on the Waianae Coast of Leeward Oahu. Kamaileunu is the massive 3,270 foot high ridge that descends from Mount Kaala and...
Part 9 – Sites at Ke’e Beach and Ha’ena

Part 9 – Sites at Ke’e Beach and Ha’ena

After backpacking out the 11-mile Kalalau Trail along the Na Pali Coast, we had time to explore some of the more intriguing sites near the trailhead at Kee Beach and Haena on the north shore of Kauai. Just around the corner from the Kalalau trailhead is Keahualaka...