Stacia was still not feeling well so I ventured into Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park by myself. The long, twisting mountain road went from sea level to over 5,000 feet. The goal was to find native forest birds above “the mosquito line” where they were more abundant.
The trail was one of the roughest I’ve ever hiked; I carefully calculated each step as it was steep, rocky and slippery. Without cell phone service, deep in the Hawaiian forest, my goal was to avoid a twisted ankle or worse.
Native birds were difficult to find but I was serenaded by Japanese White-eyes most of the time. The Pihea Trail eventually merged with the Alakai Swamp Trail after two miles. Most of this part was boardwalk, although some of the planks were in desperate need of repair.
As I hiked I heard an interesting sound and discovered a pair of ‘Anianiau that were courting. One kept following the other and then I saw him feed his mate. I managed this sub-par photo of one of them.
I could have hiked all day but wanted to get back to check on Stacia and I still had a one and a half hour drive back to the hotel. In all I hiked about 5 miles in one of the most beautiful, native forests in all of Hawaii.