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...
Pololū to Honokāne Nui on the Kohala Coast

Pololū to Honokāne Nui on the Kohala Coast

We hiked the Kohala Ditch Trail from Pololū to Honokāne Nui in the Kohala Mountains of the Big Island. The windward stream valleys of the Kohala Mountains are remote and difficult to access.  With no road along the stretch of coast from Pololū to Waipiʻo — a...
Amy Greenwell Ethobotanical Garden

Amy Greenwell Ethobotanical Garden

Whenever I’m on the Kona Coast of Hawaiʻi Island, I can never resist stopping at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden to see what what native plants might be in bloom. The garden is located on Highway 11 in Captain Cook and is across the street from historic...
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 —...