Puu Kukui Mountains

Pu’u Kukui Mountain Ride

At almost 5800 feet above sea level one would want to thumb a ride, instead of walk, to the top of Pu’u Kukui Mountain summit. This picture was taken during a clear moment between normal rain falls that average more than most places on earth. In fact, Pu’u Kukui receives more than 385 inches of rain a year, making it the second wettest place in Hawaii.

In Hawaiian “Kukui” means a lamp, light, or torch. A nut from the candlenut tree that was used for lighting oil is called the kukui nut.

Access to the summit and much of the area surrounding it is restricted to researchers and managers of a private nature reserve.

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About Michael Keel

Photographer, Writer, Traveler and Watcher. Sharing how I see the world, and promoting preservation through my lens. "These images are seen through my eyes with the help of my camera. I do not manipulate my photos with graphic design wizardry and only 'develop' them from raw files, bringing out the colors that were captured, and the natural essence of the scene. My intention has always been to put the viewer in the moment, of actually feeling like they are in the photo, standing at the viewpoint, gazing, and leav ing it up to the viewer to interpret their own feelings. I want to find the camera angle from which this feeling can be the most that they can be – whatever that is."