Palehua-Palikea: A Restricted Hike Featuring Native Hawaiian Plants, Snails, and Spiders

Palehua has been on my to-do list for over a year now. It’s one of those hikes on the island that is very difficult to gain access to. The trailhead is located at the end of a 6-mile private road that runs through Camp Timberline. Furthermore, the private road is blocked off by two gates. From around 2010-2011, it was reported that one could gain access by getting into contact with the Palehua Ranch caretaker, who would then go ahead and give you the necessary keys to access the trailhead. This is no longer the case. Don’t bother trying, because I’ve been there and have tried that. I contacted the caretaker¬†and he told me that the public is now only allowed on the trail during coordinated hikes. He told me to text him my email and he would send me information for the next hike. He never got back to me. However, I did look up the hiking schedule of the two official hiking clubs on the island, the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club and the Sierra Club. Bingo.

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Download Exploration: Hawaii iPhone Wallpapers (Series 1)

Some of you may have noticed the new Exploration: Hawaii logo. Yep, we’ve got a fresh new logo! And now, we’ve got some fresh iPhone 5 (and 4/S) wallpapers for you to use. Each of the four designs are super fun, featuring the iconic views from the Kahekili-Manamana trail, a totally stoked Hawaiian turtle, and of course the Happy Face Spider. We’ve got two versions of the Happy Face Spider wallpaper, one of which features the Exploration: Hawaii motto: Stay Rad, Hawaii. Download links are at the bottom of the post. I hope that you enjoy!

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Say Hello To The Happy Face Spider

The ever elusive Happy Face Spider (Theridion grallator). Ah, I finally got you to smile for me on camera! On a recent hiking trip to the Palehua-Palikea trail, I spotted two very happy looking Happy Face Spiders. They are known as Happy Face Spiders because the array of colors on the back of their abdomens make it seem as if they are, well, smiling. Hawaiians gave these spiders the name Nananana Makaki`i, which simply means face-patterned spider. It’s Hawaiian name sort of reminds me of that Steam hit from 1969… sing it with me… “Na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye!”

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