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Wednesday
Apr162014

Hike and Learn about Kauai With and Expert Guide, Brock O'Sullivan

Kauai has a huge assortment of trails, hikes, walks and terrain – from exploring the largest limestone cave in Hawaii next to a spectacular beach, to the high forested woodlands of Koke’e State park, Waimea Canyon and the Kalalau Trail.

Even more importantly, learn the plants, trees, wildlife and history of this beautiful landscape while being guided by an expert!

Brock O’Sullivan’s “day job” (Monday – Thursday) is doing trail maintenance and eradicating non-native species from the Koke’e uplands with the Governor’s Award-Winning Koke’e Resource Conservation Project. He likes to hike after work, too and offers his guidance and outdoor skills to a variety of hiker’s levels on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7AM – 5PM.

Let Brock help you find the right trail for your skill and experience.

“I love the forest. Before I started my internship with KRCP, I didn’t pay attention to trail details. Now I see – and can show you – it’s more about the native species and the watershed. Teaching sustainability is my goal.”

“I want to give visitors a chance to see what I’ve been able to see and learn about.”

An Expert Guide is always better than a guidebook.

There is no fee to hire Brock to take you to some of Kauai’s most stunning secret wonders. Donations, however, will help this 20-year-old intern with some living expenses and gas for taking visitors out on roads that require 4-wheel drive. 

(Suggested donation $25 - $50 depending on length and difficulty of trail).

In addition to seeing the scenery, these “interpretive hikes” are a way to really get to know the fragile beauty of the island.

Did you know that 75 percent of Kauai is inaccessible by car, bike or by foot? Take this opportunity to see the part where most tourist never go!

Trails include the Koke’e State Park system (roughly 20 trails on and off the map), the Waimea Canyon State Park (trails through the river valley and into Koaie and Po’omau Canyons), Kahili Mountain summit and Forest Glen, Coastal Hikes from Shipwreck’s Beach to Maha’u’lepu Beach and secret paths beyond the Bike Path and Donkey Beach. Hikes to the Makauwahi Cave near South Shore CJM Stables to see the largest limestone cave in Hawaii, Arboretum trails (upper Kapa’a), Sleeping Giant, North Shore treks and the Kalalau Trail (permits required for Kalalau) are only asampling of Kauai's hidden wonders.  

BROCK O’SULLIVAN, INTERPRETIVE GUIDE
Cell phone: 808 212-7207  brock.osully@gmail.com