Oahu French Language Meetup Group Message Board › Information on Moanalua Valley Hike this Saturday 9 AM
The hike this Saturday will probably see us out at 12:45 PM. I figure if we leave at 9:15 AM, walk 1.5 hours in, have lunch for 1/2 hour then take 1.5 hours to get out, we'll be out by 12:45 PM.
More information on the hike:
The ahupuaa of Moanalua was held by Kamehameha the Great. Then passed through
Prince Lot, Princess Ruth and Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who bestowed it on her husband's
business partner, Samuel Damon in 1884. Damon was the minister of finance under Queen Liliuokalani and was one of the first trustees of Kamehameha Schools. Damon's son Douglas built a palatial estate on the grounds and linked it via a road made of lava rock cobbles to a smaller home built for his sister, Mary.
Moanalua Gardens Foundation has set up markers on the valley trail road.
Things to note on the trail
Marker No. 3, short muddy driveway leading to the remnants of the old Douglas Damon home
There will be 7 bridges. At the seventh bridge(marker no. 10)
you'll find a giant oval stone on a rock pile to the right. The stone, dubbed Pohaku Luahine
is engraved with Hawaiian petroglyphs.
at marker no. 11, turning to the right up a side trail, you'll see
an old brick fireplace left over from Mary Damon's home
at marker number 12, you'll see a side trail which climbs a ridge which will give you a prime lookout spot of the valley
Some pics of the hike: