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...
Red-Tailed Tropicbird Nesting Season

Red-Tailed Tropicbird Nesting Season

For the past several months I having been hiking along the rugged Ka Iwi Coast of East Oʻahu to look for red-tailed tropicbirds or koaʻe ʻula during nesting season. When I saw my first baby chicks in March my curiousity peaked and I decided to return nearly...
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...
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...
Honu at Kīholo Bay

Honu at Kīholo Bay

On my third day on the Big Island, we took a long drive to the Kona-Kohala Coast to see honu or Hawaiian green sea turtles at Kīholo Bay. Kīholo Bay spans several miles of coast between North Kona and South Kohala. Most of the bay is surrounded by private property but...
Red-tailed Tropicbirds on the Ka Iwi Coast

Red-tailed Tropicbirds on the Ka Iwi Coast

For the past several weeks I have been hiking up and down the Ka Iwi Coast of East Oʻahu looking for Koaʻe ʻula or Red-tailed Tropicbirds. When I saw Baron Yamamoto’s facebook photo of a red-tailed tropicbird on the rocky coast along the Ka Iwi Channel I had to...