John and I explored some beautiful and free hikes on Kapaulua's
resort. While we hiked almost all of the trails, the Maunalei
Aboretum and the Mahana Trails were by far my favorite.
The resort provides a shuttle to and from the Maunalei Trail head.
We made the most of this service and in hindsight realized we took
the easiest route in doing so.
I believe this section is actually called the Honolua Ridge
Upon first entering the trail, I felt like I was in a scene for
"Lord of the Rings". I kept waiting for the trees to
start walking alongside us.
Tree! I am no Tree! I am an Ent!
- Tree Beard
John on the other hand saw a ride. Weee!
This tree has smoother skin that me.
A little sign to keep us on track. The Pu'u Ka'eo lookout
is..... either way. A cute little circle trail right on the
We have reached the top and end of the Maunalei Trail. What a
sight. At this point we had to make a decision. Either turn
around now and walk the mile or so back to the Trail head
whereupon the shuttle will return us to the parking lot or
hike the Mahana Trail for 6-miles to return. 6-miles it is.
I am so glad we did it.
We crossed streams.
Viewed many spectacular trees.
Walk around the Pine Loop Trail.
Hugged a tree!
Absorbed many beautiful colors and sounds.
Gazed in awe at the root systems.
I love greenery and this trail gave me plenty of it.
Time for the Pineapple Loop!
Pineapples where are you? We looked up, down
and all around.
John spotted one first. These are remnants from the land's
Pineapple Plantation days.
The resort is sharing a bounty of beauty by creating this
network of trails.
These Pine Trees had finer needles than the ones in the Pine