On Wednesday March 28, I booked us our first nature hike. It was for the afternoon and the hike was about 2 hours. It took us to the windward side of the island to a trail up behind the Koolau Golf Club. You begin from the parking area of the Golf Club up a narrow and very old road call the “Old Pali Road”. This road was built back in 1919 as the marker along the lane indicates.
After climbing a short way up the Old Pali Road, you turn off into the rainforest. The walk is about another 35 – 40 minutes into a waterfall that is just below the Pali Highway as it tunnels through the mountains and back towards Honolulu.
From on top of the trail, you can see Kaneohe Bay off in the distance.
I don’t remember the name of the yellow flower but we were advised not to put our face near it.
The picture of the bramble was typical along many of the trails. This is where the wild hogs generally camp. They can navigate through the brush where many other animals can not go. The feral pigs are a growing problem throughout the islands. They destroy the forest bed, up root trees and cause considerable destruction to the ecological balance of the rainforest.
Oahu Nature Tours http://oahunaturetours.com/adventures.html Hawaiian Waterfall Hiking Adventure
Britannica description of the Koolau Mountain Range.
Koolau Range, mountains paralleling for 37 miles (60 km) the eastern coast of Oahu island, Hawaii, U.S. The range was formed by volcanic eruptions and has an average width of 13 miles (21 km). The original caldera, 6 miles (10 km) long and 4 miles (6 km) wide and the second largest in the state, is now a hill near the town of Kaneohe. The Diamond Head and Koko Head capes (east of Honolulu) resulted from the range’s last volcanic activity, more than 10,000 years ago. Because of its wind-facing position, the Koolau (“Windward”) Range traps precipitation, which results in numerous streams and waterfalls. The range’s most characteristic feature is a serrated precipice, the pali (“cliff”), that rises abruptly on its eastern side and reaches varying heights (500 to 2,500 feet [150 to 750 metres]) 2 miles (3 km) from the sea. The highest point in the range is Konahuanui, which is actually two peaks (3,150 feet and 3,105 feet [960 metres and 946 metres]) and lies at the head of the Nuuanu Valley. Two cliff passes—Nuuanu and Waimanalo palis—cut through the range, there pierced by highway tunnels. The 1,200-foot (366-metre) Nuuanu Pali is associated with the conquest of Oahu by Kamehameha I in 1795, when his troops forced Oahu warriors up the valley and over the cliff to be killed on the jagged rocks below. The Koolau’s more gradual western slopes form a picturesque background for Honolulu. Western lava flows created the Schofield Barracks, a saddle (ridge) 14 miles (22 km) long and 5 miles (8 km) wide between the Koolau Range and the Waianae Range (which parallels the island’s west coast).