Makua Valley

Sunday November 16th, 2008

Today instead of taking one my usual long hikes some where on the island I went to Makua Valley for a cultural experience.  I was invited to come along by a long time friend Fred Dodge who is quite active with the groups trying to "Save Makua".  Here I'm not going to get involved in the argument pro and con.  I realize the sacredness of the valley to the Hawaiians and also the need of the Army and Marines to train.  Pau, that's all I'm saying, I don't want to argue w/either group.

Here is a partial map of the valley and shows the route we walked today.  Each place we visited is numbered on the map in the order that we arrived.  The dashed lines are roads not paved and the dotted line is foot paths to visit a "site".  We were tightly guided/controlled w/a truck in front of us and another behind.  This would insure that no one wandered off the safe path.  If you followed the above link or know about the valley that it is full of unexploded ordinance.  It is/could be dangerous to walk around in the tall grass or forested areas.

Although we began to gather around 8 a.m. we didn't get started before 8:45 after a breading by the military, an expert in unexploded ordinance and Fred.  Then there was the traditional request to enter the valley done according to Hawaiian protocol.