The tour guide, Jeremy, is a Hawai'ian native. Not only does he know his history of the islands, he also is well-informed about nature, the park, conservation and history.
The group hike of 12 of us was a perfect amount. Enough to vary the conversations on the trail, but not too many that we were delayed waiting for others to catch up.
The trail was muddy - it is a rainforest, after all. Some of the path inclined downward into the valley which made the walk seem somewhat risky but it wasn't, in the end. It's a good workout because at some points in the trail you really have to reach to pull your second leg up a step.
I combined this with the bike tour which was a coast down the mountain. We stopped on the side of the road at a vista of the Honolulu vista to eat lunch sitting on the curb. What a view.
Walking through the bamboo part of the forest was otherworldly - straight out of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (was that the name of the movie?) As the bamboo trees swayed the trunks clattered against each other in a symphony of hollow echoes.
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