Showing posts with label kailua. Show all posts
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mt. Olomana - Hiking

Mount Olomana (1,700ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,600
Trail: Mt. Olomana Ridge   
Difficulty: Strenuous
Danger: High (ledges, cliffs, exposed/narrow ridges with sheer drop-offs, rock scrambling, steep sections along trail) 

Finally got to hike Olomana, and "ticked" it!, YEEEEEESSSS! Darrell, Neil and I met up with Daniel Howzitboy for this hike. It was raining lightly and Daniel texted me "oh oh!" but when we met up in the parking lot, the rain stopped. We walked passed the guard shack and instead of ascending the ridge from the trailhead, we took a shortcut, which was just a few feet from the guard shack. The climb to the summit was steady with cool rock scrambling near the summit. I either strained the tendon or got a cramp in my hand while on my way to the summit. Each time I put any weight on my palm, there would be pain from my wrist to the ring finger of my right hand. I almost turned back but decided against it, taking Advil instead and pushed on. It was interesting climbing and scrambling with just my left hand. When we got to the summit, my hand was still sore but the Advil had taken off some of the bite of the pain. I hated to have to leave, but after an hour at the summit enjoying the quietness, comfortable temps and 360 degree views, we descended. Please enjoy some photos I took of our hike to Mount Olomana!


**This trail contains many steep sections. This trail contains narrow ridge sections with vertical drops. If you aren't comfortable with heights or do not like rock scrambling or rope climbing, this is not the hike for you.

Mahalo Daniel for the Olomana video!!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Lanikai Pillboxes - O'ahu, Hawaii

Lanikai Pillboxes - O’ahu, Hawaii
2nd Pillbox elevation: 595ft
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Trail: Ka’iwa Ridge Trail
Distance: 4 miles roundtrip
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Hiking Permit: None required
Danger: Low to Medium (loose dirt, drop-offs)

Wow!! For a short hike, there are tremendous views of  the Windward from Kaneohe Marine Corp Base to Waimanalo!


My husband and I headed to the Windard area via H3. I wasn’t sure exactly where the trailhead was but from reading other Hawaii hiking blogs, I did find out that the trailhead was located just off the side of the Mid Pacific Golf Course in Lanikai. So I set our Garmin to the golf course address. It wasn’t hard to find at all and we got lucky and found a parking space right away on the already full residential street.


There were a lot of folks already coming down from this hike as we were making our way up. We were at the first pillbox within 20 minutes and continued onto the second pillbox. At second pillbox I snapped a few photos and checked our elevation.


The Ka’iwa Ridge trail is well-worn trail with short vegetative growth. This morning the trail was dry and dusty making it slippery in some spots. With so many folks on the ridge, there’s no way you could get lost!


We went a little ways past the second pillbox enjoying the trail along the ridge and taking in the beautiful views. 


 Trailhead Sign
Along the Ka'iwa Ridge Trail
View from the second pillbox
(Moku Nui on the left with Moku Iki on the right)
First pillbox from the second pillbox

Below the first pillbox is a crag that stands about 25 feet tall. I tried bouldering this
but I found it difficult finding a hold that wouldn’t crumble under my fingers and feet.
The rock here and in most parts of the islands is chossy. 

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