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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 N

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

Manoa Falls to Nu'uanu Valley - Hiking

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Manoa Falls to Nu'uanu Valley Trails: Manoa Falls, 'Aihualama, Nu'uanu, Judd  Distance: Approx 4 miles Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club   Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Danger: Low to High (slippery, muddy spots along trail, several water crossings, potential loose rocks/debris at top of waterfall) Another amazing hike with the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club . This is my last hike with them as I'm due to leave Hawaii in 3 days. I met up with hike organizer Wil Kawano and several other members at the I'olani Palace.  I checked in and paid my donation fee of $3 and had Will sign my HTMC member application . His was the second of two signatures that I needed. Then followed Bryan up to the residential area just before the entrance of Paradise Park where other hikers were waiting. We hiked to the the Manoa Falls trailhead and Wil gave his spiel. The part about 'Aihualama Trail being closed due to a landslide several months ago caught my attention, we wer