Clearing the Kawainui Trail

Clearing the Kawainui Trail

I joined the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the trail that leads to the freshwater pools in Kawainui Valley on the north shore of Oʻahu. The trail maintenance crew of HTMC met at Haleiwa Beach Park and consolidated into a smaller number of vehicles...
Kolowalu-Olympus-Waiakeakua Loop

Kolowalu-Olympus-Waiakeakua Loop

Starting from the back of East Manoa we hiked up the Kolowalu Trail to Mount Olympus, turned left on the Ko’olau Summit Ridge, and descended into Waiakeakua where we looped back to where we started. The purpose of the hike was to evaluate whether the loop could...
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...
ʻAwa at Wailuku River

ʻAwa at Wailuku River

We hiked along Wailuku River in Hilo to explore the largest river in the Hawaiian Islands and to see the exceptional waterfalls along its lower reaches.  Wailuku River begins at the 10,800 foot level of Mauna Kea and travels 26 miles to empty into Hilo Bay.  Draining...
Returning from Halape

Returning from Halape

During our two night stay at Halape, we swam in coves along the shore and explored brackish pools along the coast before backpacking out at first light on the third and final day. The view from our campsite on the Kaʻu Coast of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park was...

Ka’ena Point from Mokuleia in the Rainy Season

I hiked to Ka’ena Point along the Mokuleia Coast to see the native plants and animals that live on the western-most tip of O’ahu. Passing a series of coves and tide pools to reach the Natural Area Reserve, I came to the predator-free fence being built to...