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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.

5.10.14

Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Digging Hill

IMG_2145Today we did Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Digging Hill hike. This hike has two WWII bunkers at the end of it. It also has a nice view of Chinaman’s hat and the marine corp base on Kaneohe Bay. It was a rainy day so we didn’t have a clear view.

Directions: This is across from Valley of the Temples. In navigation, we put in Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe. Then once you get to the McDonald’s, park either on the side of the street or else in the Times/McDonald’s parking lot. Then walk towards the hwy again and turn left. The trail is at the end of the condos, right after the guard rail. Make sure to stay close to the guard rail since cars fly on that road. You will come to a gate and the trail is right by the gate on the left.

McDonalds we parked at

McDonalds we parked at

Heading back to the highway. Will take a left at light.

Heading back to the highway. Will take a left at light.

Walking to the trailhead. Stay close to guard rail.

Walking to the trailhead. Stay close to guard rail.

 

This is at the end of the guard rail. The trail is on the left of this gate.

This is at the end of the guard rail. The trail is on the left of this gate.

Stay on the trail and there’s a small fork. Just stay to the left of it and follow the pink ribbons. Eventually you will see pink and red ribbons, take that right all the way up. You will come to some low trees. Once you get to the rope, you are close to the first bunker. The 2nd one is shortly after. Once you get there, you can turn around and go back. There’s other trails off this so be careful and not get lost. There was a group looking for 3 people that were missing while we were there.

This is a kid friendly hike. Just some hills, but nothing bad. No ridges or anything. Just be careful if it’s been raining. It rained on and off and the trail was super slick! We all fell once.

Tips: Bring bug spray and watch out for the hornets. There was a nest on the trail.

It’s about 3 miles round trip. So depending on how quick you are or how many pictures you take will depend on time. 2030

Top of the second bunker.

Top of the second bunker.

2nd Bunker

2nd Bunker

Super muddy

Super muddy

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4.27.14

Mo’ole Valley Waterfalls 1-2

Mo’ole Valley has 8 waterfalls to it. This time we only did the 2 due to the fact we had just finished another waterfall hike and the trail to the 3rd was not marked so well.

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Waterfall 2

Directions: Go towards the Pali Hwy. Veer off to the right on Nuu’anu Pali Dr. Take this street all the way down until it ends back with Pali Hwy. Park in that parking lot on the right. Hunters and other hikes use this parking lot. Make sure to lock up your valuables.  Once parked, you have to run across the hwy to the fence. There is a gate that is unlocked. Open it and enter.7885Follow the pink ribbon to the right and it will lead you to somewhat of an opening in the trees and just follow the pink ribbons around to the left. That was the most confusing part. Once you get that part, the trail is noticeable. You will be pretty much following a ditch the whole way and there are pink ribbons mark the way.

Curved trees

Curved trees

There were some interesting trees! Also make sure to watch for hunters…..scared the crap outta us!! This is a hunting area, so be careful! rty5666I think the biggest obstacle was trying to get over this tree! 5436Eventually you will get to a tunnel. When we went it was about 6 inches deep. IMG_1399IMG_1409Right after the tunnel, you will come to the first waterfall. There is a rope beside so I’m sure you could climb it.

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Waterfall 1

After this go to your right and follow the trail up. Pink ribbons lead the way and you will get to the 2nd waterfall. This is suppose to be the best of the 8. IMG_1400Once you get here, I read you back track and go up to continue to the other waterfalls. We did not continue, but decided to go back since we did an earlier hike. You will have to back track and go back the same way you came.

Tips: Bring a flashlight for the tunnel and maybe old shoes or water shoes. We wore Vibram Five Fingers.

3.2014

 

 

Video

Pali Puka – Nu’uanu Pali

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This is short hike that leads to the puka (hole). I think this is considered an easy hike, but windy. We took the trail on the ledge, but in some spots you can cut through the trees if you are really scared of heights.

Directions: Take the Pali exit. Follow the signs in the to the Pali Lookout. You will park there. The cost is free if you are a local or military member. Once your park, instead of going to the right to the lookout, you will continue straight to where the buses park. You will jump the wall where the broken part is in the wall. You will enter a bamboo forest. Just follow the trail all the way up until you get to the ridge line.

View from the parking lot.

View from the parking lot.

The ridge line is like this. You will follow the trail past a utility pole.

The ridge line is like this. You will follow the trail past a utility pole.

There are some parts that go into the trees and a couple ropes. It is about a 30 minute hike up. Be aware that it is windy. Click the link to see my short video: Pali Puka.

Lean in to the right..at least the wind was blowing that way.

Lean in to the left..at least the wind was blowing that way.

The Puka- be careful, there's super strong winds that blow in!

The Puka- be careful, there’s super strong winds that blow in!

Going back up from the Puka.

Going back up from the Puka.

Standing on top of it. You can climb up, but just be careful! There is a rope there.

Standing on top of it. You can climb up, but just be careful! There is a rope there.

Tips: A small bottle water. It’s maybe a mile and a half there and back.

6.2013 / 3.2014

 

Kalihi Ice Ponds – Na Ohia Falls

First Waterfall

First Waterfall

Kalihi Falls is a nice easy, family hike. We went went it was legal. I believe it is now closed, but research it before you go.

Directions: Take H1 freeway take the Likelike exit towards Kalihi Valley. Follow that road and just past the intersection of Likelike Hwy and N. School Street, veer slightly right and then make a left turn on to Kalihi Street. Follow Kalihi Street to the very end. Nalanieha street will intersect with Kalihi Street. Find parking in this residential area. Just don’t make too much noise and don’t block driveways or mailboxes.

Once you park, walk over the bridge and go through the gate. You will pass a large tank and a couple buildings. This part of the trail is paved.  Once you get to this car, pay attention to the right. It’s maybe about 20 minutes into the hike.

My girl, Rhona, riding dirty;)

My girl, Rhona, riding dirty;)

To your right will be the trail down to the falls. There was a spray painted sign on one of the trees. There will be a steep rope part, but not difficult. Maybe a little slippery. Then you will see the swimming hole.

We climbed up the falls.

We climbed up the falls.

Climbing up wasn’t bad at all. Some people jump from the rocks, but we didn’t. Be careful with the ropes. I was surprised to see how this one was being held…

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The top

The top

We didn’t take too many pictures. It was only about a mile and took maybe an hour.

Tips: Bring bug repellent.

10/2013

 

Kealia to Kuaokala Trail (Dillingham)

1069838_10203114196725441_779795658_nKealia to Kuaokala Trail, AKA Dillingham. This is a pretty easy hike- depending how far you go. Most stop at the picnic table and turn around. We continued to Access Road and to Kuaokala Trail. If you do just Kealia, it’s kid friendly. Not too hard, but it does gradually incline. The hills are steeper if you continue on.

Directions: Drive towards Dillingham Air Field. You will see the Skydiving buildings on the left. Take the 3rd entrance/last entrance at the end of the air field. There is a trail sign. Drive maybe 1/4 mile and park in the parking lot to the left.  This is the view from the parking lot.

Parking lot- trail is across the street.

Parking lot- trail is across the street.

After you park, cross the street and continue into the wide open area and follow the road to the left. The first time there was an old car and plane, but they were gone the second time I went.

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The trail has 19 switchbacks. Kealia ends at the picnic table.  It took us about 30 minutes to get there, but we were going a steady pace, but not running. After that we continued to Access Road. This is where you get your workout in. We sprinted some of the hills for an extra workout. The pic doesn’t show really how steep the hills are, but they are!

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And yes, it’s a pig hunting area……

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Stay on the road and follow the Kuaokala signs. There’s one fork that isn’t mark, take the one to the right that goes up and it will come to a dead end. Look to the right and you will see where the trail continues. It’s now a trail and not a road.

The trail that keeps going to Kuaokala.

The trail that keeps going to Kuaokala.

It seems never ending, but keep going and you will come to a pretty cool looking rock structure. Great photo opp!

We kept going past the rocks. You’ll start seeing mores signs that go towards Kealia and to Kuaokala. We kept going until we came down and found a road. It does loop, but it was raining so we turned around.

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For some reason, both times it rained! If you decide to continue on, bring a lot of water and snacks! It’s tiring-especially if you decide to run it! It took us about 4 hours. But to Kealia, plan for maybe about 1.5 – 2 hours.

3.2013/1.2014

Stairway to Heaven Oahu, Hawaii

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My friends and I did this in 9/2012 and 5/2013. First of all, I use to be scared of heights! So the first time going, I almost quit! But we met some awesome people that talked us into continuing on to the top. It was worth it! Even thought I kept my head down looking right at the stair in front of me.

The second time was much easier. It really is an easy/intermediate if not easy hike! You have railings to hold on the whole way. Plus there’s no ropes to climb!

First of all this is an illegal hike if you start at the bottom of the stairs! Please be quiet once you get to the neighborhood and park!

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Directions:

This is in Haiku Village in Kaneohe.

Take the Interstate H-1 W/Lunalilo Fwy ramp to HI-61 N/Pali Hwy. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Interstate H1 W and merge onto I-H-1 W/Lunalilo Fwy. Take exit 20A to merge onto HI-63 N/Kalihi St toward Likelike. Hwy Continue to follow HI-63 N. Take the HI-83/Kahekili Hwy ramp. Merge onto HI-83 W (signs for Kahekilli Hwy). Turn left onto Kahuhipa.

Once at Haiku Village, drive to Kuneki Pl. to park. But don’t park in front of driveways or mailboxes. This will upset the locals and who knows….your car might get broken into.

Walk to the corner of Kuneki St. and Makena St., here, you will find a gate- as pictured. Go around the gate and continue up the road until you come to the first fork in the road. Take the left and keep going until you see the second for and make a right. Look to your left and there should be a path going into the woods. Sometimes people leave water bottles or something as a sign that, that is where you go.  Take that path until you get to a paved road and then take a left. There might be a blue tarp or shelter where the guard stands. If he’s there he will start yelling and shine his light at you. Just turn around and go back. Take a right into the grass while walking towards the H-3 freeway above you. You will soon find another gate that you will have to contour from the left side to reach the stairs. It is now 3,922. Remember: left, right, left, blue tarp/guard shack.

Then just climb away! You will come to the first landing…To me, that was the more tiring part and the rest is much easier.

At night

At night

941467_10201238757560634_398613612_nTips: Bring gloves. I used weight lifting gloves. It’s usually wet and slick. Wear good shoes. Don’t wear a poncho or big backpack. I did that and regretted it. The poncho blew in my face so instead of just worrying about the stairs, I had to keep taking the poncho out my face! The large backpack kept getting stuck on some of the rails. It is pretty narrow. And is very hard to go around people.  Bring a jacket, blanket or sweatshirt. It’s very cold at top!

The top- it's usually crowded and cloudy.

The top- it’s usually crowded and cloudy.

I personally think Koko Head is more challenging!

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This is at the end going back towards the car.

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9.2012/5/2013