Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Maunawili Fallen

From Hawaiian Bu

Today 2-BU Pa'ina joined the YMCA Club Mid kiddies for a hike to Maunawili Falls. As most knowledgeable hikers of Oahu are aware, Maunawili is probably the second most visited waterfall on Oahu after Manoa Falls. Due to the unfortunate commercialization of some of our island trails, the experienced eye can see how the hunt for presidential green can lead some people to alter and mold nature towards their own means. To this day, I can still remember the first time I ever went to Maunawili Falls as a youngster. My family had taken me and some of the older kids to share their mana'o about this precious resource and the need to ensure that it remained intact for future generations. I remember feeling like I was "let in" on the secret, and that I was to hold it in for only those people that were trustworthy.

Progressively through the years, I had visited this wonderful Windward treasure, and each time I arrived, I felt...sadder. Each time the route to take to get to the falls had changed. But today, I felt like I didn't even recognize the hike. The kiddies were of course all excited and jazzed about going to a waterfall and being able to jump from the various ledges into the pool. Chinese BU had lifeguard duty today (YMCA Protocol) and brought along the necessary equipment to secure the kids safety.

We parked in the neighborhood and the first thing you notice is the cars parked on the road: LOTS of them. Remember now, this is a Tuesday Morning that we are doing this hike. A couple we passed heading for the trailhead informed us that there were a lot of people at the falls. As we made our way along the trail, I just didn't recognize the trail like I used to. I have done Maunawili many times, but not in about two years. The trail seemed wider, like it had been deliberately cleared . The stream looked polluted, especially when the kids were searching for crayfish and they found candy wrappers lying there in the water. Of course, someone had placed slats on inclines so that it was easier to climb. (We got to make sure that ALL people get to the waterfall). And when we arrived at the falls, no joke, at least 20 to 30 people there of all types and backgrounds.

Bless the Club Mid kiddies because they thought that this hike was the greatest thing in the world. I didn't have the heart to tell them that this was not what I had remembered when I was their age. I guess what you don't know won't hurt you. And likewise, what is not shared with you, you have no influence over it. Inside, I cry for Maunawili Falls. But I understand that people will continue to share the wonderful things about Maunawili: the deep pool, the great view of Olomana from the ridge, the running stream where I learned about 'O'opu, Konahuanui in the clouds. I just hope those same people will also share the responsibility of caring and nurturing Mother Nature like I was taught. I'm not a big nature conservationist: I'm just a local boy who's saddening by the changes that we have inflicted on our resources and just hopes that other people join in to preserve what can be preserved. I'm sure Chinese BU agrees with me- we want ALL our kids to be able to enjoy and protect these wonderful gifts that we have been given. Take the time to teach them properly. I know 2-BU Pa'ina will.

Coming up next: Hopefully a report about Stairway!

Monday, July 27, 2009

What is 2-BU Pa'ina?

What is 2-BU Pa'ina?

We thought up of this name because we wanted to be orginal and local at the same time. Both of us are passionate about hiking on Oahu, and wanted to document all of our adventures for friends, family, and like-minded individuals. We started out going to all these waterfall hikes, and it led us to research many different resources. We came to the realization that there was knowledge we possessed that was not necessarily available in books or online. So we got inspired from the extensive hiking community online and decided to create our own blog of our experiences.

The name 2-BU Pa'ina contains both Chinese and Hawaiian words as well as the intended local slang. Tu Bu is a Chinese word meaning "Hiking". Pa'ina is the Hawaiian word for "Party". If you ever have gone on a hiking adventure with us, you'll quickly see why we chose this name. Both of us like to explore our natural surroundings and find many things fascinating that other people would not really appreciate. And we both laugh..alot!

We've done alot of different types of hikes on Oahu, and have many more places on the list. There are many people we want to thank: Kaleo Lancaster, the people from HTMC, Waianae Steve, Stuart Ball, Bryan's Map, our parents, the crew from Kuhio A+ and Kaimuki-Waialae YMCA, and all the people crazy enough to have joined us on the hikes we do. We do this in honor of all of you and hope that you can laugh along with us as we continue this 2-BU Pa'ina! Mahalo