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Kauai Hike - Mohihi Road back to car

Sunday, December 02, 2012

This is the final blog about the hike we took on 11/4/12 in the Koke'e State Park area on the island of Kauai. If you've been reading the blogs, you may have the impression we hiked for 3 days and covered 20 miles but actually, it was maybe 4-5 miles and we were moving somewhat slowly with a number of breaks to look around so spent about 2-1/2 hours on the hike, more or less. There were sections where we went our usual 3mph hiking speed but because we had to navigate a lot of tree roots across the trails and stopped to admire plants, trees and the overall area, we probably averaged more like 2mph or maybe even less overall.

At any rate, here's the last tiny section of our trail that leads to a spur road connecting back to the 'main road,' which is called Mohihi road.

Lots of beautiful flowers along this section.

The little spur road is almost like a driveway - its main purpose is to provide access to some of the remote cabins in this area. The cabins are on land owned by the state and the families that 'own' the cabins have a leasehold status, renewed every 10-20 years. There's been some discussion over whether to continue the leaseholds but at this point it hasn't totally been resolved. More about that issue in a later blog.

Beautiful ginger flowers

Loads of blue floers - not sure if the first picture will do justice to them but gives you an idea of how thick the foliage is in the area - the second picture is obviously a closeup of the actual flowers dotting throughout the first one.

There were loads of colors - here are some white flowers

Some of the giant red fuschias

More pink flowers

I think this might be an elderberry tree - or at least something related

Here's one of the cabins in the forest on state leasehold land in Koke'e

And another cabin

This is a look at Mohihi Road, which gets a LOT of traffic considering it's a remote dirt road on a remote island!

This is a truly STUNNING flower and the photo cannot begin to do justice to the colors - just magnificent!

Some yellow flowers

Three different types of flowers here

And a closeup of two of the flowers from the previous picture

Lots of edible greens - these are very similar to something we have where I live that's called Miner's Lettuce

We parked right next to these trumpet flowers

Someone had picked these flowers and obviously dropped them by accident - too bad but they really belong to the forest so just as well.

And I think all the flower pictures are a great place to end this blog about our hike in Koke'e on 11/4 - it wasn't the only hike we took in the area, however, so I'll post a few other blogs, including one telling you more about the cabins in Koke'e with pictures of the one that's been in my husband's family for more than 100 years. Hope you are enjoying this virtual vacation in Kauai and I sincerely hope you will find a way to visit this garden paradise in person someday - it's well worth the effort in my opinion and we are already planning not one, not two but MULTIPLE trips back to this gorgeous place!!!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAYBER 12/3/2012 10:16PM

    Thank you so much for sharing you great adventures and pictures
Know I will never get to some of the places you have been
and am so grateful to go there via your guidance
one day at a time

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BUTEAFULL 12/3/2012 10:01PM

    where you mentioned miners lettuce, those are nasturtiums and you had one blooming in another photo, I love the fragrance of the ginger blossoms

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LINDAK25 12/3/2012 12:06PM

    Wow, just beautiful.

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DUKETTE316 12/3/2012 10:21AM

    I have to say I've enjoyed all the pictures and the blogs. I lived on Oahu for 6 years as a kid and it was beautiful! Always loved the flowers, although I was never good at the names. I knew plumeria and hibiscus. But still enjoyed looking. My hubby really wants to go to Hawaii and I would like to go back, but maybe visit a different island, like maybe.... Kauai. Thanks for sharing!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/3/2012 10:06AM

    How dreamy! I will see you on Sunday you signed up for the trail guardian training & I am doing it too!

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    Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

10k Leader

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KAYOTIC 12/3/2012 9:31AM

    Love the flowers...Hawaii has the most beautiful flora!

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DESERTJULZ 12/2/2012 9:43PM

    What a gorgeous place! Thank you for sharing your marvelous photos. Glad you could enjoy such beauty while getting fit. :D

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TRUCKERWIFE2 12/2/2012 7:31PM

    Thanks again for sharing your pictures. Your miner's lettuce look alot like nasturtium leaves

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STRINGI719 12/2/2012 6:17PM

    So gorgeous!!!

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EFFIEANNIE 12/2/2012 5:03PM

    I really would like to visit there. We have been to Maui a couple of times, I guess we need to go to Kauai too. Love your blogs and photos about your rip. I'm sure it helps to have a contact there like your husband's family.

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_LINDA 12/2/2012 4:34PM

    Gorgeous indeed. The verdant growth and colors brought back wonderful memories of my time there. So wonderful and peaceful! Those cabin 'owners' sure lucked out to be able to live there!!
I don't know if I will ever go back there again though. Too very expensive for someone who doesn't drive and must take organized tours and stay in a hotel in an area where the food choices are horrible and worse. Such a long journey too -a whole day wasted just getting there. But I sure don't regret the trip I took there -what I got to see was worth it and I soaked up every minute of it!!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 12/2/2012 2:26PM

    So pretty!

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