Happy-Face Spiders on the Mokuleia Trail

Happy-Face Spiders on the Mokuleia Trail

For the past several months, I have been hiking up and down the Mokuleia Trail in the northern Waianae mountains to search for happy-face spiders (Theridion grallator) which make their home on the underside of leaves in the native forest. The Mokuleia Trail is 3.5...
Camping in the Mokuleia Forest Reserve

Camping in the Mokuleia Forest Reserve

I joined the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) on their annual 3-day backpacking trek to the Mokuleia Forest Reserve over the President’s Day Weekend. 17 of us started on the Kuaokala Trail that starts near the satellite tracking station above Keawaula Bay...
Cloud Forest at Kahua’uli

Cloud Forest at Kahua’uli

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Bowman Trail that leads to the summit of Kahua’uli — the cloud shrouded peak on the Koolau Mountains just west of the Likelike Tunnel. Kahuauli is the 2,740...
The Mists of Mount Kaala

The Mists of Mount Kaala

When I learned that the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) found several native snails and happy face spiders on the top of Mount Kaala, I had to climb to the summit to see them with my very own eyes. Mount Kaala is the highest...