|Hiking the hills above Honolulu|
|View from Trail|
Visiting Honolulu in 1982, we took a hike above the city that was memorable for being so close to the city and so wild. I checked the internet and the trail is there: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/waahila-ridge-trail. To find it, we did what Every Trail says, we drove the rental car up and up until the road ran out.
|View from the trail|
The first section was through a tangle of guava (Psidium guava) trees. This is the edible guava, and fruits can be found on these short trees. Guava is an invasive weed in Hawaii and I scorned to take a picture. It is a useful plant, but out of control.
The hills were spectacular.
|looking into the forest|
|trail above Honolulu|
We hiked through a complex forest.
|Flower of hoi kuahiwi, Smilax melostomifolia|
(Smilacaceae, greenbriar family
The flowers of native plants are often small but exquisite.
|Flowers, Scaveola sp.,|
|koa, Acacia koa (pea family, Fabaceae)|
Koa, Acacia koa (pea family, Fabaceae) is one of the two dominant native trees of Hawaii. Along the trail, were grand old koas. When we were there, in March, they were flowering.
|koa flowers, with honeybee|
Then we turned a corner and there was Honolulu laid out below. So far and yet so near.
|Looking back at Honolulu|