17 May 2015 – We enjoy hiking so much in Hawaii. Sherrie chose a hike just outside Honolulu up the Kamananui Valley. The weather started warmer as we began our ascent into the valley but cooled off with a nice breeze and some passing showers.
The trail is an unimproved dirt road with remnants of the rocks and cobbles which defined the road during its almost 200 year usage. The road was previously the access method into the various plantation sites within the valley. The trail is wide and flat as you would expect and gains about 500 feet during its 3.5 mile length.
Only one plantation site is easily accessible off the trail. It has a double stairway up to the main living area and a further set of stairs which lead to exterior areas of the residence.
The trail is also known for its bridges which cross the many streams flowing down the valley – without these bridges the road would be completely inaccessible most of the year.
There are other signs which illustrate the long usage of the Kamananui Valley by humans. This includes some of the best preserved petroglyphs in Hawaii.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of hiking in Hawaii is the flora and fauna which abound and thrive in this climate. Especially as it is so different from the temperate forests we are used to.
While there were not too many flowers along the trail those that were present were amazing.
The trail covers 9 distinct forest zones – starting the the Guava Zone. As such the trees change significantly as you travel.
As we were leaving and a rainstorm approaching we were greeted by a rainbow over the