Jump on Hawaii Belt Road on the Island of Hawaii and you’re bound to stumble on numerous historical sites of note. One of those sites worth stopping for is the Puu Kohola Heiau, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962. This site preserves the ruins of Hawaii’s last major ancient temple.
Note: Kaniakapupu is a closed trail and is not open to the public. Only authorized groups are allowed to visit Kaniakapuu, including, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Civic Club. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairment] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Mahalo.
Here are some comments from our original post on Kaniakapupu, and maybe some things to keep in mind:
Tucked within the old sugar cane fields of West Maui is a piece of preserved Hawaiiana. The Olowalu Petroglyphs, or Petroglyph Hill as some call it, is not too far from the Olowalu General Store. A dirt road will bring you directly to a slab of rock wall with over 100 petroglyphs. The petroglyphs are thought to tell the story of ancient Hawaiian legends and journeys. You can clearly see the carvings of human figures, animals, and sails. If visiting the Olowalu Petroglyphs, be sure to heed the signs by not defacing or damaging the area in anyway.
I got a new tripod for Christmas. And I already had an iPhone 6 Plus in my pocket. Then, Joel went on winter break from medical school. Then, Ryan decided to visit from Boston. Time to make a video!
You early Exploration: Hawaii readers might vaguely recall that I used to post a bunch of timelapse stuff back in the day. And then I stopped. I’m back. The iPhone 6 made it fun again. Did I mention that I shot this completely with an iPhone 6 Plus? Oh, I also picked up a remote for my DSLR and some other interesting gear. Can’t wait to do some fun time-lapse stuff with that soon, too!
With summer winding down and to celebrate National Relaxation day (yes, that’s a thing), my wife, friends, and some academic contemporaries decided to enjoy a sunset picnic at the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Embarrassingly, this would be my first time visiting the Mighty Mo. I was excited.
Decided to take a drive to Makakilo to check out the brushfire that has been going off since last week Friday. Two seven-year-old brothers are believed to have ignited the brushfire after playing with a lighter that they found. While I was there, I did see Honolulu Fire Department helicopters dropping water over hot spots. It is estimated that the state has so far spent over $54,000 to extinguish the fire.
Tucked away in the ahupuaa of Kailua lies Kawainui Marsh. Over 4000 years ago, this marsh was an inland sea, which later became a sandbar. Eventually, that sandbar turned into the town of Kailua that we know of today. Ancient Hawaiians once utilized Kawainui as a freshwater fishpond. Today, state and federal personnel are working together to restore the surrounding habitat. Kawainui is home to four endangered species of marsh birds, including the aeo, or Hawaiian stilt. The gravel trail isn’t much of hike, but it is an experience. Keep your eye out for the endangered birds, gawk at Mount Olomana, and bask in the quiet setting.