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Written By: Rex Solano - Apr• 20•14

Note: This article is written by Troy Solano.  Troy is a contributing writer to

Poamoho – April 19, 2014

*access on Poamoho requires a permit from DLNR. Entering without a permit is prohibited and subject to any consequences that may occur.

I had another opportunity to go on what true hiker’s consider the best hike on the island. After hiking avidly for 4 years now, I consider Poamoho to be the best hike on the island of Oahu. There is no other hike on the island that offers a better hiking experience than Poamoho.

This hike was previously scheduled on February 15th, but due to weather it was rescheduled for today. We had 26 people sign up for this event as Fred Boll took on major responsibility in coordinating this hike.

The ride up the access road took about 30 minutes, it was a bumpy 30 minutes. HTMC member Brian graciously drove us up. On a side note, I feel bad for the drivers as they have the painstaking task of having to clean their vehicles after the hike.


We had a treat today as the ohia trees were in full bloom. Only 5 minutes into the trail, 2 huge ass yellow ohia trees with thousands of flowers were in bloom. I’m not a plant fanatic, but this was impressive. We were also treated to orange, salmon, and of the course the red ohia’s in full bloom.

Last time, I remember the trail being easy, it actually seemed easier this time as we got to the preserve in about 1 ½ hours. I have no idea where to look, but I tried to look for snails. OAG members Daniel and Erik said there was this greenish color snail located here in the preserve. After much of a fail trying to find these snails, I caught up to Erik near the summit. He pointed out lobelia. There was a bunch growing near the summit.

At the summit is the Cline Memorial. I talked with a few ladies at the summit as they told a story about taking rocks up to Poamoho so the club could put together the Cline Memorial. This is historic stuff, makes me want to interview them and record their stories on my private website. For some reason flashbacks of interviewing my grandmother in the early 2000s came upon me as she told stories of her experience in the Manzanar Internment Camps during WWII. I must have interviewed her about 3 times during her life asking the same questions over and over again. Her answers were all consistent giving me an accurate picture of what went on during that time of her life. Of course, I can’t empathize what she actually went through, as I can’t even begin to imagine what Japanese-American’s went through at that time.


Back to Poamoho, the summit was socked in for the most part, the hiking gods limited us to about 2 minutes of views as they seemed a little upset today. They can be so moody, but one must always respect them.


We proceeded to the Poamoho cabin. When I got to the cabin, I saw that everyone was outside. Jay mentioned that DLNR locked the cabin door while they were doing field work. DLNR has full rights to the cabin and we as hiker’s only are guest. Pat R. showed up after taking a casual walk to Pu’u Pauao and told us that DLNR is planning to put up a fence along most of the KST to keep out pigs:(


Turnaround time was 1pm, we booked it at a fast pace in some sloppy mud.  I think I brought a fraction of Northern Koolau mud back with me to Mililani. It took us only 2 hours to get back and Fred drove us back to our cars at the parking lot.

From there, we rendezvous at Shige’s in Wahiawa. The saimin there was excellent. Just like always we had good conversations about hiking sharing knowledge, stories, and experience which no blog or fb group page can compare.

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