Solemates Hawaii Hikers
Distance: Approx 4 - 4.5 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4 hours (including spots along the trail as well as a break for lunch)
Got to do another hike with the Solemates Hawaii Hikers. Instead of meeting at the Mauanwili Demonstration Trail trailhead in Waimanalo, we met about 100 yards or so up the street at a private home. We were able to park our cars in the front yard and start our hike from there. The Maunawili Demonstration Trail is 9 miles long from Waimanalo to the Pali. We only hiked about 2 to 2.5 miles and returned on the same trail. A few members headed up a small ridge to finish off a hike using the Ainoni Trail to loop the route, while most of us turned back. After I lunched on my Pork Adobo Manuapua, I headed up the ridge to get a few photos. The views were spectacular! Too bad the top of the ridge wasn't cleared and the trail up to it wasn't maintained. It would make for a perfect destination spot for lunch before returning to the Waimanalo trailhead! I headed back to the trailhead with Connie. Somehow we missed a turn back to the parking lot. But no worries! We just got back onto the state trail and got back down to the main trailhead and took that short walk to the home where our cars were parked. The morning start was a bit muggy, but later it began to cool down. Most of the trail was dry with some muddy spots in the shade.