Showing posts with label solemates hawaii. Show all posts
Showing posts with label solemates hawaii. Show all posts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hau'ula-Papali Loop - Hiking

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 it to my backpack strap just above my heart for quick access. Instead, I left it at home and stuck my iPhone in the hipbelt pocket of my backpack. But I got lucky! When I realized that it was gone, I re-traced my steps along the trail and found it!! I had slipped and fell coming up a steep, muddy shortcut between a switchback near the start of the hike. Somehow the hipbelt pocket came unzipped and my iPhone fell out! 

Our group did the Hau'ula Loop hike clockwise first and then onto the Ma'akua Ridge trail counter-clockwise. I was only able to complete the Hau'ula Loop hike. I was halfway on the Ma'akua Ridge trail when I had to turn around to look for my iPhone. The trail conditions were good with several muddy spots on both loops. The valley was hot and muggy, but once up on the ridges, there were cooler breezes and temps. Enjoy some photos of our hike through the foothills of the Ko'olau range.

The trailhead for both loops are located in a residential neighborhood.
Don't park in the neighborhood! Instead, park on Kamehameha Hwy at the far
end of the Hau'ula Beach Park and walk up the Hau'ula Homestead Road.

Start of the Hau'ula Loop trail

Crossing the Hanaimoa Stream

At the lookout on the ridge

Looking into the Kaipapa'u Gulch

Along the ridge

Connie and I headed onto the Ma'akua Ridge Trail

Instead of continuing along the switchbacks, we took the ridge trail on the left.
What beautiful views of Hau'ula in its finest!

Hello Karen!! :)


Hau'ula (raindrops on the lens)

Lilikoi Blossom

Dark rock cliff overhangs the trail

And there's my iPhone!!! A bit wet, but undamaged! Whew!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Maunawili Demonstration Trail - Hiking

Maunawili Demonstration Trail - Hiking
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)
Difficulty: Easy
Danger: Low

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. 

Hike briefing at our start - 60 hikers!

Some of us took that overgrown shortcut up to the Maunawili Trail

View of Waimanalo

Along the trail . . . . 


Oreo, Cheerio and Bubba with Karen

This photo is my favorite! I'm standing at the point between two gulches.
Connie is on the right and walking into a gulch 
while the guy on the left is walking out of a gulch.

Most of us stopped here to turn back to our parking. 
The few that went onto Ainoni Trail went up the ridge on the right.

After my lunch I went up the ridge and took some photos! (3)
This spot would make for a perfect lunch spot if cleared! 
1,155 ft - 21°20'11"N  157°45'48"W


Na Ala Hele - State of Hawaii trailhead signs

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Kualoa Ranch - Hiking

Kualoa Ranch - Hiking
Solemates Hawaii Hikers
Distance: 7 miles loop roundtrip
Duration: 4 hrs (includes stops along the trail as well a lunch break at the top of the saddle)
Difficulty: Moderate

Danger: Low

I finally got a chance to hike with the Solemates Hawaii Hikers! I had been in email contact with Tom Mendes and the only hike I would be able to join while on O'ahu would be to Kualoa Ranch. Kualoa Ranch is a working ranch with cattle and other livestock so dogs aren't allowed on the hike.  Kualoa Ranch is also in the business of providing outdoor activities for a fee.  So everyone paid their fee ($6 for seniors, age 60 and above and $10 for all others) and was also required to sign in with our names and ages. At the end of the hike we were also required to sign out as well. This hike is not accessible to the public.

Our hike took us through the ranch, over a 600 foot saddle in the summit and into the beautiful Ka’a’awa Valley which has been the setting for many productions such as Jurrasik Park, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, Karate Kid, Hawaii 5-0, Fantasy Island, Magnum PI, LOST. 

We started at the Keiki Pavilion and proceeded  up through pasture land around the makai side of Pu'u Kanehoalani (the sharp peak above the ranch) getting views of Kaneohe Bay, Chinaman's Hat and Moli'i Ponds before making our way uphill to the saddle. The ridgeline at the saddle is a lunch spot, nicknamed "Lunchbox".  The descent into Ka’a’awa valley was muddy in a lot of spots, but there were several spots that were roped to make the descent easier. By this time I had my spikes on and it helped immensely. 

The last mile through the valley seemed long but it didn't matter, I was surrounded by beautiful mountains! And although there were 65 hikers signed up for this hike, there were times when I was alone on the trail, particularly through the Ka'a'awa Valley. This portion of the hike was peaceful and reminded me of my many solo hikes through the New Hampshire White Mountains. 

Sorry for the dirty lens. I do clean it but a lot of times I leave the lens cover off while I hike and then forget to wipe off the lens before I snap away!

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