Clearing the Halapepenui Trail

Clearing the Halapepenui Trail

I joined the trail maintenance crew of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (HTMC) to clear the Halapepenui Trail which overlooks Pearl City in the Koʻolau Mountains of Oʻahu. The Halapepenui Trail is a 6.6 mile loop above Pearl City which can be accessed from four...
Pololū to Honokāne Nui on the Kohala Coast

Pololū to Honokāne Nui on the Kohala Coast

We hiked the Kohala Ditch Trail from Pololū to Honokāne Nui in the Kohala Mountains of the Big Island. The windward stream valleys of the Kohala Mountains are remote and difficult to access.  With no road along the stretch of coast from Pololū to Waipiʻo — a...
ʻApapane at Kilauea Iki

ʻApapane at Kilauea Iki

I hiked the rim of Kilauea Iki Crater on Hawaiʻi Island to look for and photograph native forest birds in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. At the crack of dawn I pushed-off from my friend’s home in Puna and drove towards Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on...
Rare Haha or Cyanea Flowers on Oʻahu

Rare Haha or Cyanea Flowers on Oʻahu

One of my favorite things to do is to hike to remote locations on Oʻahu to see the unusual flowers of Haha or Cyanea when they bloom. Cyanea are in the lobelioid group of flowering plants endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The group is in the bellflower family —...
Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at Mokoliʻi

Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at Mokoliʻi

We went to Mokoliʻi — Chinaman’s Hat — to see Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and enjoy panoramic views of Kāneʻohe Bay. About 14 of us met at Kualoa Beach Park early in the morning to swim to Mokoliʻi.  Mokoliʻi is the 12.5 acre islet just offshore from...
Schofield-Waikane Hike

Schofield-Waikane Hike

I lead the Schofield-Waikane hike for HTMC which overlooks the very back of Kahana Valley and the peaks on the Koʻolauloa Coast of windward Oʻahu. I did this hike twice — once for trail clearing and another time leading the public hike.  On the trail...