Land Adventure

A friend invited me to tag along with a multi-organization team that was collecting and relocating native tree snails on the Wai‘anae Range.

My Saturdays are usually reserved for the ship, but how could I pass up such an opportunity? Sorry old girl.

Snails I helped to collect:


Not being in any sort of shape (yeah, sitting in front of a computer all day does not help), I didn’t make it all the way to the location where the snails were released. That’s okay. I plodded along at my own pace, stopping to check out interesting features, taking photos, enjoying the views and the cool breeze, and relishing just being.

Not the best photo, but here’s an ‘elepaio:


Rock versus tree:

interesting tree and rock

Approach to a rock tunnel along the trail:

Palehua rock tunnel

ʻŌhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha) detail:

ohia detail

A type of fruticose lichen:


A clearing along the ridgeline provided spectacular views.

Looking over Nānākuli out to sea:

view over Nanakuli to the sea

In the other direction, parts of the ‘Ewa Plain, Makakilo, Waipahu, Pearl City, Pearl Harbor, with Honolulu and Diamond Head in the distance (at the right side of the photo):

view from ridge

As I like to provide a different perspective when I can, here is a view from Honolulu Harbor looking toward the Wai‘anae Range:

Honolulu Harbor sm

Part of the communications station at the start of the trail:

drumset in the sky

It reminded me of some sort of giant Erector Set drum kit in the sky.

The day wasn’t totally without something maritime. On the way down, I took a picture of part of Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor from the truck.

Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor

According to the shipping schedule, the cargo ship is Pacific Korea. And…I think that’s Marisco’s dry dock?

Here’s part of the harbor from sea level, taken a few years ago:

Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor sealevel


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