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...
Kawiwi to Wai‘anae Kai

Kawiwi to Wai‘anae Kai

We ascended a spur on Kamaileunu Ridge to the summit of Kawiwi, traversed along the spine towards Mount Ka‘ala and descended the Wai‘anae Kai Trail to loop back where we started. Kawiwi  is the 2,957 foot peak on Kamaileunu Ridge — the ridge that divides Wai‘anae from...
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...
Reopening the Kahana Ditch Trail

Reopening the Kahana Ditch Trail

I joined the trail clearing crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to reopen the old ditch trail that contours against the Koʻolau Mountains in the very back of Kahana Valley. This was the club’s second work day to restore the stretch of the old...
Waterfall at Koloa Gulch

Waterfall at Koloa Gulch

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the trail that leads to the waterfall at the end of Koloa Gulch. Pushing-off from Kokololio Park in Hau’ula we made our way along Kamehameha Highway and turned up a dirt...
Pool at Wai`ilikahi Falls

Pool at Wai`ilikahi Falls

On the second day of our adventure at Waimanu, we hiked to the foot of Wai`ilikahi Falls, to experience the allure of the valley and swim in the pool at the base of the falls. When we awoke in the morning, the first rays of the sun illuminated the sea cliffs...