We arrived at Camp Pālehua and were greeted by the owners who told us about the camp. Then Dr. Scott Rowland talked to us about a map that tells us about the geography of O'ahu. On the hike we took, we stopped numerous times to learn about certain plants or rock structures that we were able to learn about. When we got to the Nānākuli look out, we were able to learn about how the Nānākuli valley came to be. Along with how the layers in the mountains were formed and how they eroded away. When we got down, back to the camp we then went up to Mauna Kapu, there we saw most of the island of O'ahu, and other islands too.
First week of field school and we’re already spending the night on a mountain. How riveting!
After arriving at the desired destination with the Nanakuli group, we joined together and did a quick ice breaker. I personally am not a fan, but I can’t complain. It was still kinda fun. Next we got a short lecture from the geologist, Dr. Rowland. He showed us a very old geological map, which was pretty cool to see! Afterwards we followed our guide Chris onto the hiking trail. It was a very beautiful walk, and I loved stopping and hearing Chris talk about the names of places and explaining the Hawaiian lore of each place. He had lots of passion, and it was obvious he spoke from his heart! We ate lunch by the Nanakuli overlook, and afterwards we headed back down to the camp and took a small break before heading out on our next trip. We took a perilous drive all the way up to mauna Kapu, on a debatably narrow and windy road! However, the absolutely stunning view during both the short hike and sitting at the top was very much worth the nerve racking drive. This was probably by far my favorite hike!
After returning from Mauna Kapu, we came back to camp and settled into our bunks before dinner. We had a community circle with everyone to talk about the day, then we had a few minutes to talk and hang out before lights out. However, in the girls bunk, their were multiple cane spiders in our cabin. Luckily, after this discovery we were able to sleep somewhere else for the night.
Nonetheless, it was an incredibly eventful day! I’ve never actually spent the night at a camp before, so this was a good experience! (Minus the less than tasteful spiders.)