Hiking and Trail Building on Oahu

Native Paths to Volunteer TrailsO‘ahu has a varied, extensive, and distinctive network of mountain hiking trails. In Native Paths to Volunteer Trails: Hiking and Trail Building on O‘ahu, Stuart M. Ball, Jr., author of The Hikers Guide to O‘ahu, explores the history behind many of the island’s trails, beginning with early Hawaiians who blazed routes for traveling, plant and wood gathering, and bird catching. Sugar plantations constructed paths to access ditches that tapped stream water for thirsty cane. The U.S. Army built trails for training and island defense, while those developed by the Territorial Forestry Division and the Civilian Conservation Corps were mainly for reforestation and wild pig control. Most recently, volunteers and hiking clubs have created additional routes solely for recreation. The result of all this varied activity is a large network of just over a 100 mountain trails, a precious resource on a small, populous island. The book compiles the history of 50 of these trails.

April 2012 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3560-6 / $21.99 (PAPER)