Pinao — Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — on O‘ahu

Pinao — Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — on O‘ahu

I was lucky to get some close up shots of the Piano or Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — Anax strenuus. Also known as the Giant Hawaiian Darner, the dragonfly is said to be the largest in the United States.  The dragonfly has a wing span of about 4 inches which is...
Hidden Stream and Falls

Hidden Stream and Falls

I seized a rare opportunity to see some hidden waterfalls tucked away in a remote valley on the island. When Cory Yap invited us to go with him to repair weather and stream monitoring equipment in a remote stream, we jumped at the chance.  Cory works for the Hawaii...
Clearing the Trail to Pu‘u Kaaumakua

Clearing the Trail to Pu‘u Kaaumakua

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the trail that leads to Pu‘u Kaaumakua on the Ko‘olauloa Coast of windward O‘ahu. After meeting at Kualoa Beach Park, we consolidated into six 4WD vehicles and drove up Waikane...
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 Ohikiloko Middle Ridge in the Rain

Clearing Ohikiloko Middle Ridge in the Rain

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the middle ridge of Ohikilolo Valley that leads to the summit of Keaʻau Ridge on the Waiʻanae Coast of Oʻahu. After rendezvousing at Makaha Beach Park, we drove to Ohikilolo...