Revisiting the Manoa Cliffs Native Forest Restoration Project

Revisiting the Manoa Cliffs Native Forest Restoration Project

We hiked the Kalawahine and Mānoa Cliffs trails above Tantalus to see the progress being made by the Mānoa Cliffs Native Forest Restoration Project. It was a cloudy and rainy morning so Justin Ohara and I abandoned our original plans in favor of a short hike above...
Upper Kaluanui Valley – Waterfall Adventure

Upper Kaluanui Valley – Waterfall Adventure

We hiked into upper Kaluanui Valley to explore the series of waterfalls that plunge down the hanging valley above Hau’ula on the Ko’olauloa coast of windward O’ahu. Kaluanui is an amphitheater valley with a hanging valley that starts at about 1,600...
Native Snails on the Poamoho Trail

Native Snails on the Poamoho Trail

I hiked the Poamoho Trail to look for native snails on side ridges and hanging valleys high in the Ko’olau Mountains deep in the interior of the island of O’ahu. The Poamoho Trail is located on the north ridge of Poamoho Gulch between Wahiawa and Haleiwa...
Palehua-Palikea in the Clouds

Palehua-Palikea in the Clouds

I hiked in the Honouliuli Preserve above Makakilo to look for native plants and animals along the Palehua-Palikea Trail and the spine of the Waianae Moutains. After driving up to the communication towers at about 2,700 feet elevation, we reached the start of the...
Native Snails in the Waianae Mountains

Native Snails in the Waianae Mountains

For over two years now I have been exploring a number of ridges and gullies in the Wai’anae Mountains to look for native snails many of which are extremely rare if not endangered. The island of O’ahu is formed by two mountain ranges — the...