Native Paths to Volunteer Trails: Hiking and Trail Building on Oahu

Native Paths to Volunteer Trails: Hiking and Trail Building on Oahu

by Stuart M. Ball


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Native Paths to Volunteer Trails: Hiking and Trail Building on Oahu by Stuart M. Ball

O'ahu has a varied, extensive, and distinctive network of mountain hiking trails. Stuart M. Ball, Jr., author of The Hikers Guide to O'ahu, explores the history behind many of the island's trails, beginning with early Hawaiians who blazed routes for traveling, plant and wood gathering, and bird catching. Sugar plantations constructed paths to access ditches that tapped stream water for thirsty cane. The U.S. Army built trails for training and island defense, while those developed by the Territorial Forestry Division and the Civilian Conservation Corps were mainly for reforestation and wild pig control. Most recently, volunteers and hiking clubs have created additional routes solely for recreation. The result of all this varied activity is a large network of just over a hundred mountain trails, a precious resource on a small, populous island.

The book compiles the history of fifty of those trails. Most of them still exist, and many are open to the public. The trails are arranged by the group or organization that built them, moving from Hawaiian trails before 1800 to volunteer trails of the 1990s. Each chapter contains an overview that describes the background and purpose of the trail building during the period covered. The trail histories are self-contained, recording the major events from construction through 2010.

Native Paths to Volunteer Trails will allow fans of O'ahu's hiking trails-and Hawai'i history buffs-to trek into the past and learn about some of their favorite routes and research future ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824835606
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 05/28/2012
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Hawaiian Trails (pre-1810) 1

Kaliuwa'a (Sacred) Falls 4

Tom Tom 11

Kumaipo 15

Dupont 19

Makua-Kawaihapai 26

Kama'aina and Club Trails (1842-1922) 29

Castle-Olympus 38

Manoa Cliff and Kalawahine 44

Ka'au Crater 48

Lanipo 54

Olomana 56

Ka'ala-Schofield 60

Palehua-Palikea 64

Sugar Plantation Trails (1898-1917) 70

Waiawa and Waiahole 72

'Opae'ula and Kawaiiki 78

Kawainui 82

Castle (Pig God) 84

Waimano 91

Waimalu 98

Army and Territorial Forestry Division Trails (1909-1933) 102

Schofield-Waikane 111

Bowman 117

Pupukea-Kahuku 120

Pe'ahinai'a 126

Malaekahana 132

Piko 136

Ma'akua Ridge and Hau'ula 140

Kaunala 145

Civilian Conservation Corps Trails (1933-1942) 149

Poamoho 160

Mokule'ia 165

Kealia 169

Kawailoa 172

Kipapa 176

'Aiea Loop and Ridge 181

La'ie 186

Halawa 189

Ko'olau Summit 193

Honouliuli 209

Volunteer Trails (1945-1998) 215

Likeke 220

Manana 223

'Aihualama 225

Nahuina, Moleka, and 'Ualaka'a 228

Nu'uanu 231

Maunawili and Maunawili Falls 233

Notes 239

Index 271

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