Opai Falls

Sunday March 30th, 2014

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Today I would be hiking alone in a Remote Leeward Valley taking and taking pictures.  Not sure what this exotic flower is, but there are a few sections of the lower trail with lots of them.

The stream was flowing nicely and every time I came to a little water fall I took two pictures of each.  If you click on the fall you will see the second photo taken to give that "milky" look to the water.

 

Spotted this "orange" mushroom growing on a fallen Kukui Nut log.

As I got near to the Icy Pond I smelled smoke and when I arrived at the pond I saw that someone had left this camp fire smoking.

Here is the small fall flowing into the Icy Pond.

Heard this guy singing and spotted him up high on a dead branch. 

Along the By-Pass Trail are these two very old water pipes.  Water was so important back in Sugar days that it even paid  to lay a pipe as small as this one as long as it brought a steady supply of water.  But where did the water come from?

Every so many yards the pipes were supported on these rock ahu.  I'd bet money they got the rocks from the closed abandoned Kalo terrace.

Following the pipes to their beginnings I discovered 2 abandoned wells.  The smaller pipe's cover was a little off to the side and I could place a flash light on top of one of the bolt holes and then take a picture down the shaft.  Double click on the well head for a view down the shaft.

For some reason the well head for the larger pipe was disconnected from the pipe and capped.  Would be interesting to bring some WD-40 and a large wrench and see if we could open it. 

Not to many yards above the wells I found this interesting "ditch" and stone work.  Perhaps there was a spring here once upon a time. 

Right along the trail is this large Pohaku w/an interesting hole in it. 

Thought that looked like an interesting spot high on a ridge.  This was taken w/the 40 X zoom of my camera. 

The main valley trail has dozens of Mango trees planted along it.  Back in sugar days this trail was at least a "buggy" road.  The hunters call the area "The Line Mango Trees". 

Back when I hunted this area in the 1970's this stream flowed 24/7 and there were native Opai shrimp that lived in this pool.  Again you can click on the small fall and see that "milky" effect.

 

Back "when" we named the above pond the Opai Pond.  The trail splits here.  The main trail keeps going straight back and there is a side trail running along the right side of the pond that leads to "Twin Falls".  During some of the big wind storms early in the years a huge tree fell and blocked both trails.  Below is the portion blocking the trail to Twin Falls.  Click on the picture and you'll see the cleared trail that I worked on for about 20 minutes. 

 

After clearing the side trail I had my lunch break beside to pond relaxing to the sounds of the running stream and after lunch enjoyed this cigar. 

On the way home after lunch I took this photo of a little fern growing on a leaning tree trunk and another close up of some lichens also growing on it. 

 

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