Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

Native Damselflies and Tree Snails in Olowalu Valley

We hiked to the very back of Olowalu Valley in the West Maui mountains to look for native damselflies and tree snails. At 5,788 feet elevation, the summit of the West Maui mountains — Puʻu Kukui — receives incredibly high rainfall — about 32 feet per...
Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

Waikane to Waiāhole Uka

We climbed the Waikane Trail to Puʻu Kaaumakua, hiked the Koʻolau Summit Trail to Waiāhole Uka and descended into Waiāhole Valley. Pete Clines, August Smith, Cory Yap, Reanne Solomon, and I met at the Hygenic Store in Kahaluʻu before proceeding to the South Fork of...
Clearing the Kamananui and Kulanaahane Trails

Clearing the Kamananui and Kulanaahane Trails

I joined the trail clearing crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Kamananui and Kulanaahane Trails in Moanalua Valley that lead to the Koʻolau Summit Ridge. There is some confusion in the name of these trails.  The State of Hawaii’s Na...
Tubing Kaukonahua Stream

Tubing Kaukonahua Stream

We hiked the Wahiawa Hills Loop to its furthest extent and floated down the north fork of Kaukonahua Stream to return where we started. With heavy rains over Oʻahu for over a week, Pete Clines had a great idea — float down Kaukonahua Stream while the water level...
Native Plants and Animals in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve

Native Plants and Animals in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve

On the second day of the HTMC camp out in the Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve, I looked for rare native plants and animals in Pahole Natural Area Reserve. Our camp site was located at about 2,200 feet elevation.  During the night the temperature dropped to 60 degrees and...
Godek-Kulanaʻahane Loop

Godek-Kulanaʻahane Loop

I climbed up the Godek-Jaskulski Trail to the summit, scrambled along the spine of the Koʻolau Mountains, and descended the Kulanaʻahane Trail to loop back where I started. When August Smith and Duc Ong told me of their plans to circumnavigate Moanalua Valley I was...