Kealia Trail to Mokuleia

by kenji SAITO on March 4, 2017

Hiking Kealia Trail to Mokuleia Trail

Met up with Ben, Mitsy and Stuart at the end of Dillingham Airfield.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Time to start counting the 19 switchbacks to the top.

Kealia Trail

Kealia Trail

Chasing the rainbow. Hope you can swim.

Kealia Trail

Kealia Trail

Looking out towards the country towns of Waialua and Haleiwa. Photo by Ben Hinders.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

We soon crested the top of the cliff, passed the picnic bench and picked up the uphill trail.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Stuart checking out the artwork from topside.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Ben charging the tree lined trail.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

We go this way? Follow the signs.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Which sign do we follow?

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Who’s holding the gate open for me? Ding dong, chivalry is dead.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Climbing up and over a rocky section of the trail.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Mitsy about to sample the colorful forest fungi. Registered nurse standing by. Photo by Stuart Krempin.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Taking the easy way down. Photo by Stuart Krempin.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

The group coming down the cloud wrapped trail.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

King of the Hill. Photo by Ben Hinders.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

The clouds blurred the scenery, while the whipping wind rustled through the trees on our trail hike. Atmosphere.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

We chose to not take the higher road.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Leaving the picnic shelter behind us.

Junction

Junction

Another trail for another day.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Looking down into Keawaula Beach, as the earlier views of Makua Valley were blotted out by the rolling clouds.

Kuaokala Trail

Kuaokala Trail

Why did the snail cross the road? To join the chicken on the other side of the road.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Hiking on the less traveled road.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Nothing to see here. Mooove along.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Where the trail meets the road.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

End of the road.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Group photo left to right: Stuart, Ben, myself and Mitsy.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Life imitating art. Which one is the real golf ball? Which one is the real goofball?

Paragliders

Paragliders

These two pilots were getting some serious air thanks to the blustery winds spilling off the ridge.

High Five

High Five

Hang time and time to press the flesh. Just don’t kick me. Photo by Stuart Krempin.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

We took our leave of the summit as we passed numerous remnants of manmade structures dating back decades.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Ben making his way down the ridge.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Mitsy and Stuart picking their way amongst the assorted boulders that decorated the trail.

Carrion Flowers

Carrion Flowers

Nothing like the smell of rotting flesh to perfume the air. Photo by Ben Hinders.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Making our way down to the first bunker. Photo by Ben Hinders.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Bunker life.

Laysan Albatross

Laysan Albatross

The original paraglider. Photo by Ben Hinders.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Stuart and Mitsy approaching the vent for the second bunker.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

More bunker life. Hot as heck.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Standing on the last bunker. No whales sighted. Photo by Ben Hinders.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Dropping off the ridge as we ran across other hikers near the base. Photo by Ben Hinders.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Cave life. Steaming sauna.

HFD

HFD

Walking the fenced trail out, we saw the yellow fire department helicopter landing on the ridge. We found out later that one of the paragliders crashed into the cliff. Wishes for a speedy recovery to the pilot.

Kaena Point

Kaena Point

Mitsy leaving behind the Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve.

All pau

All pau

Thanks to James for picking us up and shuttling us back to our cars. The 9.43 miles of trail melted away due to the mostly flat terrain and fun company. No post hike meal as everybody had places to go.

Note: I have been made aware the 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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