I went camping with the Intermediate school on Thursday. It was an end-of-the-year reward for the kids that got all their work done on time. My usual approach to school outings is to do whatever the kids do, eat the same food, do the same activities and get just as dirty. This being no exception I opted to walk down the valley with the kids, on a road that is 4wd only for a good reason. So steep that it was often difficult to stop once the momentum had its hold. It's two days later and I'm still sore, I have trouble standing up and sitting down or standing still. It's that bad. It's a beautiful way to spend a Thursday: removing invasive species in a beautiful valley that the Ali'i of old used to live in.
The valley is called Waipi'o because it's a microcosm of the water cycle.
Wai - water pi'o - arch or curve.
As you can see it's absolutey beautiful. It's a lush tropical rain forest teaming with life.
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Tell Us Is Possible