‘Awa’awaloa to Ka’inawa’aunui

‘Awa’awaloa to Ka’inawa’aunui

We climbed to the spine of the Koʻolau Mountains to clear the stretch of the summit ridge between ʻAwaʻawaloa and Kaʻinawaʻaunui. August Smith and I rendezvoused at the top of Maunalani Heights to stage a car where we would end our hike.  When then drove up to...
Queen’s Bath in East Molokai

Queen’s Bath in East Molokai

On the fourth day, we cleared the trail that leads to the pools and waterfalls at Queen’s Bath in the Kamakou mountains above East Molokai. We awoke before dawn again to see the sun rise over Kahinapohaku Findpond and Hoʻoniki Island. This time, we were just...
Manana-Waimano Loop

Manana-Waimano Loop

We climbed the Manana Trail to the Koʻolau summit, hiked along the spine of the Koʻolau Mountains, descended the Waimano Trail, and veered-off on the Waimano Pools connector to loop back to the Manana trail head. Ever since Pete Clines and August Smith forged the...
Moanalua Middle Ridge to Keahiakahoe

Moanalua Middle Ridge to Keahiakahoe

We climbed up the middle ridge of Moanalua Valley to see the ʻōhiʻa lehua on Keahiakahoe and to admire views of windward Oʻahu from the spine of the Koʻolau Mountains. Keahiakahoe is the 2,820 foot peak on the Koʻolau Mountains that overlooks Kāneʻohe and Haiku Valley...
HTMC Clubhouse and Kaupo Cliffs

HTMC Clubhouse and Kaupo Cliffs

Justin Ohara and I led a small group of hikers up Kaupo Cliffs — the 1,300 foot cliffs that overlook Waimanalo Beach on the Koolaupoko Coast of windward Oahu. The way up Kaupo Cliffs is not immediately obvious and has been lost multiple times over the 100 year...
Blue Skies Over Pu’u Ohulehule

Blue Skies Over Pu’u Ohulehule

Since rain clouds sabotaged me three weeks ago, I re-climbed to the top of Pu’u Ohulehule to photograph Kane’ohe Bay and the windward coast of O’ahu from the summit. Although clouds tickled the 2,265 foot summit of Pu’u Ohulehule as I drove...