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Big Island book signing event

With a Big Island section featuring well-known local photographers G.Brad Lewis and Jack Jeffrey plus artist John Dawson and botanist Tim Tunison, interest in the book has been especially high with bookstore sales at Basically Books in Hilo. How about a book signing at the Volcano Village Sunday open market, which is close to many […]

Ko’olaus Calling!

     A hiker pauses on the KST on a spectacular clear day.                                      Endemic Hawaiian vegetation rules!                   Central Koʻolaus: Peering over the edge down the windward side. For […]

Halema’uma’u: June 2014

Being very fortunate to have built a  second home near Volcanoes National Park, no trip is complete without a nighttime visit to the Jagger Overlook on Kilaueaʻs rim. We must pay our respects to Madame P and check out Halemaʻumaʻu. We were lucky enough to be there in March 2008 during a semester break trip […]

Gear for 2014 Part Two

Outside magazine has both annual winter and summer buyer’s guides. Summer 2014 covers a lot more ground than the Backpacker version as you might expect. Cycling, running, and water sports get more coverage plus there is a separate section for women participants in all these activities! So what jumped out at me looking through these […]

Gear for 2014 Part One

Besides online reviews, I like two print resources for annual updates of what’s new for hiking and kayaking gear. Of course, it’s not all applicable to Hawaii but many of us take mainland trips as well. In my case having grown up hiking and backpacking in California’s Sierras ( )before coming to the islands, I’ve always […]

Charge People for Rescue?

In the Star Advertiser for Monday 5/19/2014, there was a piece regarding “Hot, Thirsty Hikers” who were rescued from Oahu trails. In particular, a party of eighteen hiking the Mañana trail called for help, and 11 members were airlifted out even though there were no injuries. Having written on this subject in the past (Caldwell, […]

Hawaii magazine outdoors issue

Check out the June 2014 issue of Hawaii magazine for some scoop on some favorite hiking trails and especially a photo feature on three days in Waimanu Valley, one of my highlight trips as well. See some photos from a very memorable visit there in the Big Island section of Adventurer’s Hawai’i. I remember it […]

Ohulehule Forest Conservancy

Waikane is undergoing a gradual transformation thanks to Paul Zweng and his corps of enthusiastic volunteers. The goal? Removing invasives and reintroducing endemic forest plants and trees. Owner of 1443 acres that he remarkably was able to purchase for the “price of a home in Kahala”, Paul’s task of eliminating strawberry guava, albizia, and other […]