Bushwhacking through a new ridge, Nu’uanu Pali

I had taken my roommates dog on part of this hike, until I realized it was over his head. Beyond steep ridge sections lay what two able bodied men who had turned back mentioned as ‘hog trails.’ I had a pack full of all I needed for a day long trek, and found that the ‘hog trails’ disappeared into overgrown, and unidentifiable paths. It was up to my preexisting knowledge of these ridges to find a way through back to the trails. The Nu’uanu Pali area is some of the more lush and gorgeous forests I’ve seen on the island, and it was cool to bushwhack through some of it.

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Check out this new 3d photo deal, took it half way up this unnamed spur ridge.

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I didn’t know what to make of this remnant of civilization. Looked like an old concrete slab with a rusted post at the top. I wonder how long it’s been hidden under the brush? This is after walking through the bush for about ten minutes to a point where the view opened slightly to Honolulu.

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Without a doubt the largest woodfan mushroom I’ve ever seen, wonder how huge they do get.

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Some people were busy beautifying these trails, lovely planks eased the path through densely rooted sections.

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Nice map I had passed along the way identifying a lot of the trail systems in these hills. I was on my way to the antennae atop the Manoa ridge.

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And then I made it to the tower, a two or three hours into the hike.

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Just as I was contemplating jumping over the barbed wire to climb the tower. Time to head back after the day’s summit victory.

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Barely visible in the middle of the photograph is the tower I just came from.

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The valley in between Pali and Manoa, looks like a good new place to explore.

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I made it back to the Judd trail, and back to the scooter for a lovely cruise home.

Forest bathing near the Judd trail

A coworker recently told me about ‘forest bathing.’ And from my quick internet search it’s basically the same thing I call a nature walk except with a less linear goal. The idea is to get lost in nature and just enjoy the sights, smells, and foliage around you. It’s something I try to do everyday in some capacity, the other day it was a motorcycle ride through the Tantalus loop, motorcycle bathing maybe? I took Jake out on the trail today so he could get in on some of this hippy forest bathing stuff.

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Nu’uanu Reservoir nature walk

Not too from home I have access to a luscious rain forest where the nature walks are the best. Up the Pali Highway, in a popular hiking trail usually taken to explore the Lulumahu falls, exists much more. The areas surrounding the Nu’uanu reservoir are a place where I often take unknown paths that branch off main trails to find lovely little places where we are alone to our thoughts.

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Fragrant spice ginger plant (‘awapuhi) with pretty tan flowers.

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There are many paths that zig-zag through this bamboo forest path. They are shaded and somewhat spooky!

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Baby bamboo shoot growing from the ground.

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Stream funneling into this man-made drain, a little more movement since recent rainfalls.

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Parts of the Nu’uanu nature walk loop trail were filled with water.

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Tall grove of trees shading our path.

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Little band of birdies took flight around us.

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Moanalua ridge hike

Another Kenji hike, this time to the Moanalua ridge, up to the top of the Stairway to Heaven, and down the Moanalua middle ridge. Great climbing with a group of old and new friends. Clear day made the views better than I’ve ever seen up here.

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Purple nails to match the shoes. Hiking in style.

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Up to the ridge, beautiful sights awaited.

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A sobering moment when the hiking turned to climbing. Kenji coaching the first timers (myself included) on which route is safest.

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KST veterans leading the way.

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Moanalua valley from the ridge.

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The radar tower is just a short bit away. So amazing to hit it on such a beautiful day.

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photo credit Chris

photo credit Chris

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Crosses lined the perimeter.

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photo credit Analyn

photo credit Kenji

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Kaneohe and Kailua below.

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Back down the Moanalua middle ridge. One of my favorite ridge hikes so far. Open and grassy, although a bit warm.

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Peculiar rock in the tree, has a face.

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Some leaf origami on the way out.

New York trip, day 3

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Bus to the city.

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Empire State Building, 45 minutes and $35 to the top, skipped it.

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Peeps playin in the Washington Square park.

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Vestige from the days of old.

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Classy ring for a classy lady, met up with Greg my ol’ street photography pal. We parted in rough water and it’s amazing to see him thriving in his home city. Cheers friend, till we see each other again.

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Walking towards ground zero.

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Strange architecture was a new subway station. It’s apparently the most expensive of its kind ever built says my pal Greg.

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Heavy thoughts and reminiscence for a very scary day which I remember in photographic detail as a kid.

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Grand Central Station.

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Mario Brothers pizza?

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Some goodwill towards men on the way to the airport headed home the next day.

New York trip, day 1

Mitsy taking me on a tour through the city, good food, good vibes, cool things to do and see. A new experience for me, and checking off a city from the list of places I’ve always wanted to go. Started fresh with a visit to the American Museum of Natural History, scoped out some cool things including these sexy meteorites.

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Mitsy reflecting through a big crystal.

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Grubbin on some delicious street foods.

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Life’s a walk in the park, today it’s central park.

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Fell asleep in the grass for a while.

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Another life goal checked off, the Seinfeld diner. A pilgrimage for any true Seinfeld fan.

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Sunset over Riverside park.
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“Sorry babe, to make you come here, this place is a cluster f*$#$,” Times Square.

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Super Mario World as a nightcap.