Makapu’u to Kuli’ou’ou

by kenji SAITO on February 20, 2022

Hiking Makapu'u to Kuli'ou'ou

The (wo)men who hike with goats is a 2022 aburdly funny hike starring Camper, Enrique, Jason, Katricia, Marilyn, Tessa, Winner and myself with cameo appearances by Anna and Casey. Photo by Jason.

Makapuu Lookout

Makapuu Lookout

Mahalo to Chris for shuttling Enrique, Jason, Marilyn and myself from Kuli’ou’ou to Makapu’u to begin our early morning hike.

Ko'olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

Ko’olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

Once we reached the top of the ridge line, Enrique began the process of transferring alcoholic liquids from the exterior into the interior.

KSRT

KSRT

The three of us standing on what I like to call Hawaii’s Stonehenge rocks. Sometimes it’s not worth it for the photo opportunity. Photo by Enrique Chavez.

Makapuu Puka

Makapuu Puka

Outside Looking In Group Photo.

KSRT

KSRT

Enrique passing by the ladybug tree.

Makai Pier

Makai Pier

Marilyn pushing herself up the rocky hill. Photo by Jason.

KSRT

KSRT

Tessa keeping a couple of goats named Camper and Winner company until we joined her at the hang gliding platform.

KSRT

KSRT

Establishing dominance or playing around? Photo by Tessa Bugay.

KSRT

KSRT

Our group numbers increased by three as we resumed our hike on the spine of the Ko’olau Mountains. Photo by Jason.

KSRT

KSRT

Passing through the communications tower site and the nearby former Dead Man’s Catwalk. Photo by Tessa Bugay.

KSRT

KSRT

Hanging out with the guys. Horns not included. Photo by Marilyn Bermudez.

KSRT

KSRT

Dropping down into the saddle. Photo by Tessa Bugay.

Kamiloiki Summit

Kamiloiki Summit

Summit views with the blue-green waters of Waimanalo Bay behind us.

KSRT

KSRT

We left the shaded corridor of ironwood pine trees for the exposed stretch of rocky terrain.

KSRT

KSRT

The goats testing their sure-footedness on the exposed rocky trail.

KSRT

KSRT

Picked up a software engineer from a little known company that over a billion people use as she joined our expanding group.

Tom-Tom Summit

Tom-Tom Summit

We met Casey and his apprentice, Anna who had originally been seeking to ascend Kaupo #2 but somehow wound up coming up Tom-Tom instead. Somebody’s blog was of no use.

KSRT

KSRT

Contouring our way around the dorsal shaped rock. Photo by Tessa Bugay.

KSRT

KSRT

We don’t need no stinking printer cable where we are going. Besides, our cloven hooves are not equipped with opposable thumbs.

KSRT

KSRT

Nobody gets between us and daddy.

KSRT

KSRT

Let’s try and keep up with us goats shall we?

Kaluanui Summit

Kaluanui Summit

Feeding time at the petting zoo. Photo by Marilyn Bermudez.

Mariners Ridge Summit

Mariners Ridge Summit

Group photo at the summit that KSBE would like you to forget that it exists as the trail to it is no longer open to the public.

Kaluanui Summit

Kaluanui Summit

We do this for a hobby, they do it for a living.

KSRT

KSRT

Resuming our hike after our lunch break at the top.

KSRT

KSRT

The point of return? Not if a boy from Chicago had any say in it.

Hahaione Pyramid

Hahaione Pyramid

Enrique pointing out the geological structure that predates the more famous Middle Eastern ones by several million years.

KSRT

KSRT

Waiting for a couple hikers that apparently liked to repeat their navigational mistakes.

KSRT

KSRT

The scenic spot that can lead one astray. For some, its all the time.

KSRT

KSRT

Going up the hill populated with HECO powerline poles and a resting hiker. Props to Katricia for sticking with us and finishing the hike.

KSRT

KSRT

I have no more nuts! My hands are empty! We know you have more up your sleeve. Having a one sided anthropomorphic conversation. Photo by Tessa Bugay.

KSRT

KSRT

The goats following Enrique like dogs. I was amazed that they followed us on our entire journey from Makapu’u to Kuli’ou’ou.

Kuliouou Summit

Kuliouou Summit

Camper trying to get one last bite before heading down the trail with two strangers. So fickle. I’ll stick with dogs. Photo by Tessa Bugay.

Kuliouou Summit

Kuliouou Summit

Group photo at the 2,028′ eroded hill left to right: Enrique, Jason, Tessa, Marilyn, myself and Katricia.

Kuliouou Summit

Kuliouou Summit

Hello? Your goats are available to be picked up at Kuli’ou’ou. Yes, I said Kuli’ou’ou and not Makapu’u. Photo by Marilyn Bermudez.

Kuliouou Trail

Kuliouou Trail

Going down the ungraded ridge where the goats put a lot of smiles on every two legged and four legged hikers they met on their way down.

Kuliouou Trail

Kuliouou Trail

The goats decided that the mountains was more their domain than the suburbs of East Honolulu and turned around and left us. Crocodile tears.

All pau

All pau

Anybody seen my kids?

GPS Tracks

GPS Tracks

Our wildlife hike covered roughly a little shy of eight miles with great company, human and non-human. Post hike meal criteria was that alcohol must be flowing freely. A nearby supermarket and a pizza place fit the bill.

Note: I have been made aware that some hikers have been using my blog as a hiking guide and getting lost on the trails. Please note that this blog was made to document the hike for the crew(s) that did it. That is why some of my comments will seem to have no relevance or meaning to anybody outside of the crew(s) that hiked that trail. My blog was never meant as a hiking guide, so please do not treat it as such. If you find inspiration and entertainment from these hikes, that is more than enough. If you plan on replicating these hikes, do so in the knowledge that you should do your own research accordingly as trail conditions, access, legalities and so forth are constantly in flux. What was current today is most likely yesterdays news. Please be prepared to accept any risks and responsibilities on your own as you should know your own limitations, experience and abilities before you even set foot on a trail, as even the “simplest” or “easiest” of trails can present potential pitfalls for even the most “experienced” hikers.

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