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Manoa Falls - Walking

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Manoa Falls - Walking
Distance: 1.6 roundtrip
Time: 1.5 hr
Manoa Valley
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Difficulty: Very Easy
Danger: Low
Parking fee: $5 (discount for Kama'aina)

After staying out late the night before watching my niece and her band EMKE perform, I  didn’t want to do a long or strenuous hike. So I scheduled a wicked easy, short walk/hike to Manoa Falls with Darrell and Neil. When we pulled into the parking lot, I knew there‘d be a good flow at the falls as it was pouring. But by the time we were ready to leave the parking lot, the rain had stopped. We got to the 100-foot falls and took our time, spending about half-an-hour admiring the falls, watching tourists, posing and taking photos. On our way out, I showed Darrell and Neil the trail to the Lua’alaea Falls. We only went as far as the Lua’alaea stream and noted a large downed tree. Enjoy some photos I took on our leisurely walk to Manoa Falls through the Manoa Valley. And a Mahalo nui loa to both Darrell and Neil for such won…

Hau'ula-Papali Loop - Hiking

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Hau'ula-Papali Loop - Hiking
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 700 ft (Hau'ula), 800 ft (Papali)
Difficulty: Easy
Danger: Low
Solemates Hawaii Hikers

If bad luck comes in three's, then today was a day for it! I arrived late to the meeting place, I dropped my 2nd (and last) litre of Gatorade down a steep gulch, and I lost my iPhone (with its Mophie external battery). 

First of all, I should've followed Stewart Ball's driving directions. Coming from Pearl City over H3, I should've taken the exit for the Kaheliki Hwy instead of following directions from Kaneohe along the Kamehameha Hwy. It probably would've saved me 10-15 minutes if I had taken Kaheliki Hwy to begin with and bypassed Kaneohe all together! :-/

Secondly, I should know better than to stand near the edge of a steep gulch and take in a drink from a container that isn't anchored to me! 

And lastly, I should've brought my Mophie Beltclip with me on this trip. I usually snap my iPhone into it and clip …

Aiea Loop - Hiking

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Aiea Loop - Hiking
Distance: Approx 5 miles roundtrip
Duration: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Danger: Low

Out hiking with my cousins again, this time on the wicked easy Aiea Loop! This trail is located at the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area at the end of Aiea Heights. It's a short hike with wide, rooty trails. The trail is mostly shady and winds through the foothills of the Ko'olau Range. For the most part, it was sunny but in the middle of our hike it started to rain. But that was brief and the sun came back out by the time we completed our hike. The loop hike starts at the upper parking lot and ends at the campground at the middle parking lot. We spotted two cars so we didn't have to walk back up to the upper parking lot. Enjoy some photos of our hike!


At the trailhead


Wide, rooty trails


H3 from one of many outlooks on the trail
Beautiful blooming i'e i'e
View of Halawa Valley  You can see the back of Tripler Army Medical Center
We took the eroded trail on the left up to the…

Mount Olympus - Hiking

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Mount Olympus (Pu'u Awawaloa) 
Elevation: 2,486 ft
Elevation Gain: 1,562 ft
Trail: Wa'ahila Ridge trail
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip
Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Danger: Low to Medium (loose dirt, ridge near summit, some high winds)

Up and down, up and down - my cousin Darrell and I bagged another peak! Mt. Olympus, with its broad summit, stands in the back of Manoa Valley. Renamed by Punahou students because of its commanding presence, it went by Awawaloa (long valley) by the early Hawaiians. We parked at the Wa'ahila Ridge Trail Recreation Area at the top of St. Louis and our hike was uphill from the get-go. The lower Wa'ahila Ridge Trail was hot and muggy. With the upper trail breezy and cool. We passed 40 other hikers including 4 hunters and about 8 dogs on this hike. And we got alot of inquiries about our Hillsounds Trail Spikes. Enjoy some photos taken of our hike!

At the trailhead
First utility pole
At the Kolowalu Trail junction


Look back every once in a w…