Dupont Trail in the Clouds

Dupont Trail in the Clouds

I joined the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) on a hike up the Dupont Trail that leads to the summit of Mount Kaala, the highest point on Oahu. Starting almost at sea level, the Dupont Trail is a tough climb that gains nearly 4,000 feet over 5 miles —...
Tiki Ridge – Waianae Kai Variation

Tiki Ridge – Waianae Kai Variation

I joined the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to do a new variation on the Waianae Kai hike — Tiki Ridge — which leads to rock pinnacles on Kamaileunu Ridge before connecting with the Waianae Kai Trail. After consolidating ourselves into a smaller...
Puu Heleakala

Puu Heleakala

Due to the rain, we abandoned our original hiking plans in favor of joining the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to climb to the summit of Puu Heleakala, the rocky hill/ridge on the Waianae Coast of Oahu. Puu Heleakala is the 1,900 foot rocky ridge that...
Exploring the Kumaipo Trail

Exploring the Kumaipo Trail

For the past several months I have been hiking up and down a series of adjacent ridges and gullies off the Kumaipo Trail to explore the native plants and animals that live in the dry forests below Kawiwi. The Kumaipio Trail is an old trail that was used by the...
Kolii and Lehua at Mount Kaala

Kolii and Lehua at Mount Kaala

When I saw the flower buds of koli’i and lehua on the summit of Mount Ka’ala several weeks ago, I had no choice but to climb to the top again to see them in full bloom. I started my hike on the paved road in the very back of Waianae Valley that leads to...
Sanguine Litter Snails in the Waianae Mountains

Sanguine Litter Snails in the Waianae Mountains

For the past several months, I have been hiking up and down a series ridges and valleys in the Wai’anae Mountains to search for sanguine litter snails, which have a stunning zig-zag pattern on their reddish-orange shells. After seeing photos of sanguine litter...