Wai`anae Kai Loop TM Part 3

Sunday August 12th, 2012

Hike # 56 - 272 Miles this year


I headed up the paved road and at it's end I cut into the bush on the left.  Shortly I ran into the first blow down.  To big to clear alone, so I cut a path along side it which you can see in the next two photos.

Then came the second blow down.  I began clearing it too, but soon discovered the big log on the left was sort of loose and I was afraid it might come down on me, so I quit.  Will come back w/some rope so I can pull it down, but from a safe distance.

Around 11 a.m. I reached the area I planned to work over w/my pick.  Here is the before w/the after following.

During my lunch break this little guy came to visit me.  No idea what it is.

On the way back I climbed a pig trail to the top of the ridge on one side of the stream bed.  There I found this rough wall creating a terrace.   This is a panorama and at the right side of the picture the wall makes a sharp 90* turn and continues another 60 feet or so.  At the far end I found an Ahu about 8 x 12 feet and about 2 feet high.  That's it in the second picture.  I quickly got out of there .

Early in the morning I spotted a stone wall high above the trail.  I took this panorama and planned to check it out on the way back.

This is the same wall as above but taken from along side it.  A nice sized terrace was created behind it.  Way to high above the stream for taro growing.   

What I did find on this terrace was many, a dozen or two of this NASTY THORNY TREE.  I have no idea what it is, but have never seen it anywhere in the valley.  I'm sending photos and coordinates to DLNR and hoping they will think about destroying them all before they spread any farther from this ridge.

On the way back to the stream trail I noticed this rock sticking out of the hill side.  Wow, looks like a pigs head.

I made a short video covering the work today.  I didn't work the whole 1 .5 hours straight.  Took a lunch break after the first hour.

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