Waikamoi Ridge Nature Trail

Haiku, Hawaii

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This is a good place to stretch your legs on the long road to Hana. It involves a steep climb, but is very short. It goes through magnificent old forest with views of Waikamoi Stream and the ocean. Take mosquito repellent. The sheer size of the trees along the trail will leave you gasping. This is a nature trail and many of the big trees are labeled. You might be surprised to discover that most of them are kinds of eucalyptus . . . but eucalyptus bigger than you ever imagined. The vines climbing up into their branches, sometimes completely covering the trunks, should also seem familiar, but they are also so large you might not recognize them as ordinary houseplants. Among them are philodendron and pothos, whose leaves are the size of umbrellas. Among the deep greens are startling red bunches of heliconias. You can see how they earned their common name of lobster claws.

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"This is a good place to stretch your legs on the long road to Hana. It involves a steep climb, but is very short. It goes through magnificent old forest with views of Waikamoi Stream and the ocean. Take mosquito repellent.

The sheer size of the trees along the trail will leave you gasping. This is a nature trail and many of the big trees are labeled. You might be surprised to discover that most of them are kinds of eucalyptus . . . but eucalyptus bigger than you ever imagined. The vines climbing up into their branches, sometimes completely covering the trunks, should also seem familiar, but they are also so large you might not recognize them as ordinary houseplants. Among them are philodendron and pothos, whose leaves are the size of umbrellas. Among the deep greens are startling red bunches of heliconias. You can see how they earned their common name of lobster claws."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Haiku
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Keanae
Driving Directions: Directions to Waikamoi Ridge Nature Trail

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May 2018