Monthly Archives: May 2014

Mt. Ka’ala

The Satellite is the top of Mt. Ka'ala

The Satellite is the top of Mt. Ka’ala

Mt. Ka’ala is 4,025 feet. It’s about 7-8 miles and takes about 6 hours to do. We did this hike last July, so things may of changed a bit. I don’t remember this being a hard hike……just a lot of cardio!

Directions: We just used Waianae Valley Rd in the navigation. When the road forks, take the left. There’s a parking lot and signs for hunters. Wear something bright because there are hunters in the area. We ran into 3.  Some say that this is known for break ins, so don’t leave anything valuable in your car! Park there and follow the paved road, eventually it will turn to dirt trail after about 1.5 miles.   You will pass 2 fenced in areas. The second one has a water spout where you can fill up with water.

Follow the purple ribbons and markers! There are some trails that go off so make sure to pay attention.  It’s about 4 miles to the top. It does get pretty steep, but there are ropes to help you out. Besides the incline, the only other thing that might be difficult is climbing the boulders- just depends on your hiking abilities. At about 2800 feet, you will come to 3 poles. You will also come to a fence line.

fenceYou will reach 2 boulder sections. They are a little sketchy, but not too bad. boulderboulder2boulder3Eventually the trail will turn to boards. It looked like someone placed boards because its pretty muddy. In different reviews, I read about blue moss. We didn’t see any. You will know you are at the top when you see the sign. 232323232-fp;;2-nu=3243-6-8--5;-WSNRCG=365;-6-597338nu0mrjThere was actually people up there working inside the fenced area.

Tips: Bring at least 3 liters of water! It’s a workout! Bug spray and long pants or high socks for the ferns.

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climbing up

climbing up

 

At the top

At the top

 

Some flowers on the trail

Some flowers on the trail

 

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Anamolo: Reverse Olomana Peaks 3-1

10341439_10152385314574836_3513073400941742746_nAnamolo is doing Olomana starting from the back of Ahiki- the third peak.  Most people don’t do Olomana this way and it is more difficult and dangerous then starting at peak 1. There is some trail hiking, ridges, rock climbing and lots of ropes.

Directions: This hike starts at Maunawili Demonstration Trail.  It’s in Waimanalo at the end of Waikupanaha Street. There is a small parking area on the right, right by the start. 117Go through the gate and and you will come up to this sign: Take the right.

maunawili-ditch-trail-04This is the tricky part. We attempted this trail a couple months ago. We got lost in the woods and found every color ribbon possible. Eventually we found pink that lead the trail up and found the trail.

This time we walked about 15 minutes and on the path and pay attention to the woods. We took a left into the woods. The trail was noticeable, but not marked with any ribbons. It just kept going up and there was a section of red dirt. Just keep following the trail. In some areas, its hard to see since this is not a very popular. Eventually the trail started going down and we saw pink ribbons. We didn’t like the idea of going down-knowing we needed to go up. So we made our own path up. Eventually it got steeper and you had to hold on to ferns, grass and trees to go up. There were some stakes to hold onto so someone went this way before.

At the top, it was really clear and was great picture op. Of course we took a selfie. This is our crew! 1506788_10201040007921521_3364605175537341937_n

There was a trail and we followed that and it lead to Ahiki.

Almost to the bottom of the third peak.

Almost to the bottom of the third peak.

It’s probably about 2 miles before actually reaching Ahiki. It seemed really long and felt like we were hiking forever. I forgot my GoPro head carrier so I have no pics of the base part. The first rock section was the most difficult. It was all about lifting yourself up and trusting the ropes until you found a place for your feet. Thank goodness there was 1 tree growing in the rocks that was able to assist us.

2nd part of Ahiki

2nd part of Ahiki

The 2nd part was hard too because of footing. There’s a stake holding the blue rope. Once I got close to that, I grabbed it and just pulled myself up. I think that’s where all my bruises came from.

 

Here’s Craig taking a break on the cliff…..yep the rest of us passed on that. Great pic, but ummm no thank you! 106

 

more rock climbing...

more rock climbing…

The top of Ahiki

The top of Ahiki

This is the top of Ahiki: the third peak. Don’t let the pic fool you. The ladder was swinging and it’s a big drop off. Every step I took, it shifted, making it harder to step up to the next step.

We made it to the top and continued on to peak two. The keyhole part is where you can either go through or go round…I go around it….10367729_10201039924399433_5913600181965336177_n

Coming up Peak 2

Coming up Peak 2

Then we got to the first peak, which is the best for pics.

Me and my hiking bud Rhona.

Me and my hiking bud Rhona.

The end for us and the beginning for most others.

The end for us and the beginning for most others.

Tips: Not kid friendly. This takes a lot of upper body strength. There’s a lot of spots that if you  fell, you would fall to your death. You must trust the ropes and rocks! Rocks are crumbly in some areas. This to me is an advanced hike and Stairway to Heaven an easy hike.  Bring lots of water- about 2-3 liters and go early before it gets too hot. There’s no shade except going up the 3rd and coming down the 1st peak.

Hike at your own risk and know your level. There’s nothing wrong with turning around like we did the first time we attempted it.

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Bacon and Egg Mug Scramble

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This is a super quick and easy breakfast for those on the go! These are the only ingredients you will use unless you want to change it up!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup egg whites or egg beaters

1tbsp cheese

1tbsp real bacon bits

1 mushroom

1tbsp onion

pepper

 

Spray your mug with cooking spray. Add all the ingredients and stir it together. Put it in the microwave for 1 minute and stir and then microwave it again for about 30 seconds. Fluff it up with your fork and voila! Breakfast is served! (I added pepper to it at the end. )

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Day 64 of Body Beast/Bulking

photo.phpDay 64 of body Beast! I finally start the Beast phase or in other words cutting stage. It went by really fast! Thank goodness the bulking part is done! I didn’t follow a strict diet, but just did the calories. It was super hard at the beginning when I was going for the lean bulk. I’m excited to start doing more cardio again. I limited it to about 2 times a week which included teaching Insanity class and going to the Combative’s gym and doing some circuit training 1 time week. I also do a fit club, but I usually don’t push my self there. I’m suppose to limit cardio to one time a week….1502507_10203879218650511_6451551172737440266_n

These are my measurements from today and when I started. I’m ok with some of the measurements. I’m not liking the waist numbers. I can feel I gained weight and it makes me feel a bit miserable. I don’t know how people can bulk for longer then 2 months!  I feel blah and tired all the time. Even in my Insanity class, I do more modifications then usual. I think what keep me going is the motivation from my fitness groups and my hubby getting up in the morning.

Day 1-Day 27

Day 1-Day 27

And this is Day 64!  No filters – haha! It’s the real deal!

Day 64

Day 64

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Well stay tuned for my results in 3 weeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ka’au Crater Rim

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 5.49.10 PMKa’au Crater is a pretty fun hike. In order to see the whole crater, you must hike to the top. You will climb 3 waterfalls, cross the stream several times and walk through the woods. Once you get to the top of the third waterfall or water slide, you can choose to go back down or continue on around the whole rim.

Level: In my opinion, I would say intermediate. Not kid friendly.

Directions: I use navigation and put in Waiomao Rd. It takes you to a road that veers to the right. You will pass a temple. Continue on until you see sign that says kapu or beware of dog. There’s a small parking area on the right. Park there and walk to the set of mailboxes on the left. That’s where the trail starts. Take that left at the boxes and you will immediately be greeted by a rope to go down.

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This is what the beginning looked like, notice the mailboxes to the left and the signs to the right.

Once you get down the rope, you will come to the stream. Follow the stream and the pink ribbons. You cross the stream numerous times. When you come to the water pipe, use that as a guide.

Cross the stream to follow the pipe.

Cross the stream to follow the pipe.

Eventually you will come to the first waterfall. We stopped here for lunch. There was actually a place to sit and rest for a little. Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 6.25.41 PMKeep continuing up the trail. And it will take you to the 2nd waterfall. This one there was one section that was a little sketchy. Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 5.56.53 PMYou have to travel across to the 2nd waterfall. Once you are at the top of the 2nd, you will see a Memorial in the rock where someone had died. There was also a recent death and where someone fell, but survived. Don’t lean over too far to get the “perfect” shot! This is my pic of the top…I was too scared to go any closer.232323232%7Ffp93232>uqcshlukaxroqdfv;466=ot>2334=799=;4276626_6_5247ot1lsiYou’ll come to the 3rd waterfall or water slide as some may call it. There’s about 3 sections to this one. There’s a lot of rope climbing here.

climbing up the 1st part of the 3rd waterfall

climbing up the 1st part of the 3rd waterfall

More climbing

More climbing

You do have to cross the water towards the top of the 3rd waterfall. It was flowing pretty good the 2nd time we went. Just be careful and hold onto the rope. The rocks are also quite slick!

Crossing towards the top of the 3rd.

Crossing towards the top of the 3rd.

Once you get to the top of the waterfall, you can choose to take the trail left to go back or go right to continue around the rim.  The first time we took the left to go back down. You will come to an open area where there’s enough room for your group to sit down and take a break-take pics. Then you will continue until you see a pink ribbon to turn left and continue the trail down. From the waterfall to the ribbon is maybe 5-7 minutes depending on how fast you hike. If you miss it, you will be continuing around the rim.

If you go right, the rim is quite long and sketchy in some areas. It was cloudy when we went. When you come to the summit look for the pink ribbon to the left to follow it around.

Super foggy

Super foggy

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Was a coconut on the ridge.

Was a coconut on the ridge

The whole ridge took us about 7 hours. But remember towards the end to follow the ribbons to the right to go back down. Otherwise you end up at the waterfalls again.

Tips: Wear pants if doing the ridge! The ferns will scratch you. Also we were on our butts a lot going down. There are parts that are windy and can blow you off the ridge. The trail was muddy. I wore Five Fingers and they worked well with the stream crossing and mud. Prepare to spend pretty much a whole day. Bug spray, bring it. Bring about 2 liters of water and snacks. It’s loooonnnggg. We thought it was never ending! Also gloves for the ropes. There’s a lot on the waterfalls and rim. Watch your stepping. There’s some areas where you are near the edge, but super foggy. I’m not sure if it was good or bad that we couldn’t really see anything below us! Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 5.48.37 PM

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Diamond Head

Diamond_Head_Hawaii_From_Round_Top_RdDiamond Head Trail gives a great view of Waikiki and the lighthouse in Honolulu.  This is an easy and kid friendly hike.  Just not a lot of shade-if any….I would try to go early morning or when it’s not so hot. The beginning is paved, but then goes into an uneven trail. So no strollers are not recommended. Plus there are lots of stairs at the end.

Directions: I use navi and put in Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu.

Parking is $5 and if you walk in it’s $1. There’s parking outside the crater which is free, but an extra hike up. Our first time we did this, we parked at the college nearby. You will have to walk through the narrow tunnel….just be careful!

The tunnel going into the crater.

The tunnel going into the crater.

The trail itself is very easy to follow and there’s always a ton of tourists! Then you have some that like to run it.

The paved part.

The paved part.

Taking a pic at the first set of stairs while there's no randoms.

Taking a pic at the first set of stairs while there’s no randoms.

Tunnel at top of stairs- it's lit.

Tunnel at top of stairs- it’s lit.

View from the top

View from the top

View of Waikiki from top.

View of Waikiki from top.

Winding stairs that we took down. It was a lot cooler.

Winding stairs that we took down. It was a lot cooler.

Going down these steep stairs. We avoided them coming up;)

Going down these steep stairs. We avoided them coming up;)

For some reason bugs were out this time so I recommend bringing bug spray. Also bring water! It’s really hot! Other then that, there’s not much to this hike.

Yes, I had to do a pull up when seeing these bars!

Yes, I had to do a pull up when seeing these bars!

 

 

Coconut Milk Quinoa (Breakfast)

10151189_10203785051976403_3524594821017738218_nI love Quinoa and decided to make this for breakfast. This is super easy! I don’t like to cook, but managed making this.

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Ingredients:

2 servings

1/2 cup dry quinoa

3/4 cup coconut milk (canned)

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Topping:

Drizzle coconut milk

2 bananas (1 for each serving)

2 tbsp walnuts (1 for each)

2 packets of Stevia (1 for each)

Mix all ingredients over the stove and bring to a boil. Then put on low and cook for about 15 minutes or until quinoa is soft. After that split in two servings and add the toppings!  And that is it!

Stevia is optional….I thought it had to be a bit sweeter. I also only had red quinoa, but plain is fine too.

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