Monday, January 28, 2013

Palehua-Palikea Take Two

Saturday, January 26, 2013 the Tree Huggers revisited Palehua to hike. We were waiting for another group to join us we stopped at one of the cabins open to groups to utilize. If groups want to stay there, then they pay-back Palehua Ranch by assisting Ranger Anu in his work to restore the native landscape. The view from the cabin was spectacular. The panorama from Pu'uloa to up past Mililani was beautiful. While we were there Auntie Kehau and Ranger Anu spoke to the group about the history of the land they were standing on as well as the areas of O'ahu we could see from the vista.

After loading back into the cars, we headed for the trail head. Although it had gotten late and we were not able to hike the entire trail as planned, we did make it far enough to see Nanakuli and learn the mo'olelo of Pu'u Heleakala and talk about various native plants along the way.

It was a good thing we turned back when we did in terms of getting students back but also because the rain came in. We hiked the last 3/4 miles or so in clouds and rain. Someone must have picked an 'ohi'a blossom!

Good hike Tree Huggers. See you next month!