OHE August 1, 1997

Contributed by Gene Robinson (gene@lava.net):
Last weekend I took my son and nephew on the Ma'akua gulch trail. The trail description in Ball's book is out-dated because of some major road construction from the end of the pavement to near the start of the trail as it crosses Kawaipapa stream. It looks like they're putting in H4... well, almost. After that, the trail is in good condition. Watch out you don't turn up Kawaipapa gulch and spend the next hour chasing an elusive, mosquito-ridden trail that ultimately dead-ends. Been there, done that.

Ma'akua gulch has more mountain apples than any place I've ever seen. The current season is ending, though, and you have to go way up the trail to find decent fruit.

After the second of 13 crossings of Ma'akua stream there is a large pohaku all by itself in the middle of a flat, lightly forested area. It's about six or seven feet tall, had no petroglyphs that I could see, and had a lot of ti-leaf offerings piled on top. It's a very impressive stone, perched on its side, with no other stones anywhere around it.

Does anyone know the story of this lonely pohaku?


Response from Mae Moriwaki (mae@hawaii.edu):

Gene:

When I got home from work yesterday, I looked through my trusty "Sites of Oahu" book for the pohaku, but to no avail. Will try to see if Bishop Museum did anything on it.

The neatest bunch of rocks anywhere on the island is off the Likeke trail. After getting to the bamboo groves, head towards golf course. There is a drainage ditch you can follow ewa. Get as far as the last hole-- you have to trespass to get to stones. The stones are on a hill with butchered hao as cover. They are a mirror image of the pali cliffs behind them.

The stones used to be a lot neater--before SOMEBODY put a golf course around them. They were covered with beautiful green moss--made them look even more like the pali. I know this sounds lame, but trust me, the rocks ARE impressive.

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