Holoholo

by kenji SAITO on February 21, 2016

Holoholo

Today we gave our feet a rest and let the rubber meet the road. Met up with Chris, Glenn, Justin, Marvin and Thessa as we explored not so hidden and not so secret spots on the island. Photo by Marvin Chandra.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

Looking at a shortcut up to the mountains. Photo by Justin Hirako.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

Wandering in the woods. Thanks to Cisco and Dale for the info on these hidden bunkers.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

The stairs going down to the dark, dank and deserted bunkers.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

Marvin about to cross over the rubble landslide.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

Skylight. Ventilation to release the trapped musty and foul odors.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

I guess when you have to go, you have to go. I hope they at least wiped and washed their hands.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

Father … Photo by Justin Hirako.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

… and son. That time forgot. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

It was time to leave the concrete corridors littered with spent paint cans, emptied beverage cans and discarded human detritus, inorganic and organic. Group photo by Justin Hirako.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

Almost every square inch of exposed concrete was tagged.

Hidden Bunkers

Hidden Bunkers

One last group photo by Justin Hirako.

Hidden Stairs

Hidden Stairs

Thanks to Khym for the info on these stairs.

Hidden Stairs

Hidden Stairs

Playground for adults? Photo by Justin Hirako.

Hidden Stairs

Hidden Stairs

Fake climbing leads to cuts and scrapes. No visit to the karst today. Photo by Justin Hirako.

Hidden Stairs

Hidden Stairs

Real climbing leads to a fake cave. Photos by Marvin Chandra.

Hidden Stairs

Hidden Stairs

Trying not to slip and slide down the chossy rocks. Some were more successful than others. Photo by Justin Hirako.

Hidden petroglyphs

Hidden petroglyphs

Marvin walking into the light.

Hidden petroglyphs

Hidden petroglyphs

Coastal erosion constantly at work. Never turn your back on the ocean. She’ll snatch you away in the blink of an eye.

Hidden petroglyphs

Hidden petroglyphs

Thanks to Marvin for pointing out the non-existent petroglyphs. Photo by Justin Hirako.

Hidden petroglyphs

Hidden petroglyphs

Rebuilt and retagged.

Manoa treehouse

Manoa treehouse

Go away. No free spirits. Just hippies here. Take your yuppie drink with you as well.

Tantalus treehouse

Tantalus treehouse

All trails lead somewhere. Like a treehouse.

Tantalus treehouse

Tantalus treehouse

View of Diamond Head, the hardest hike on the island, bar none.

Tantalus treehouse

Tantalus treehouse

Creaking and popping. Wait, what is the weight limit? Photo by Justin Hirako.

Tantalus treehouse

Tantalus treehouse

Time to leave. Others were waiting to burden the tree with their weight as well.

Tantalus treehouse

Tantalus treehouse

I think the weight limit has been exceeded.

Tantalus treehouse

Tantalus treehouse

Not all roads lead one back down faster than the trails.

Heart Cave

Heart Cave

Blowing kisses. Photo by Justin Hirako

Heart Cave

Heart Cave

Who brings an umbrella to a hike. Excuse me, road trip. Marvin, that’s who. Photo by Thessa Bugay.

Pipe

Pipe

Flushed to the light.

Pipe

Pipe

Inside and outside. Photo by Justin Hirako.

Pipe

Pipe

One last look before we enjoyed our post hike lunch meal at Tacos and More. No more unlimited salsa.

Tunnels

Tunnels

The mermaid caves were standing room only. So we found our own caves. Photo by Justin Hirako.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Can we skip the entertainment and head straight to the food?

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Walking in the sand and being sprinkled by the rain.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Steering hikers clear of obstacles since 1933. Photo by Justin Hirako.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

No sunset for us. We had to make do with the lights from the passing ships. Post hike dinner meal at Denny’s. No banana. No split. Great way to spend the day with good company.

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Justin April 18, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Great day! A banana split is a must after every adventure, even if it’s BYOB (bring your own banana)

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kenji SAITO April 19, 2016 at 5:31 am

Aloha Justin,
Yah, it was a good day exploring. Also bring coconut water to drizzle on top!
Mahalo

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Thessa April 25, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Such a wonderful relaxing day. No huffing and puffing today. Haha! Lmao at Marvin’s hippy pix :)

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kenji SAITO April 26, 2016 at 8:23 am

Too bad we didn’t get to see that eco-tree house. Guess we are not free spirited enough. :)

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Liz June 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

Hey kenji! I was wondering if you’d be willing to share how to access the tantalus tree house! Also if you adventure to the kalihi saddle anytime soon please send me an email Johnsonliz600@yahoo.com

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kenji SAITO June 13, 2016 at 10:16 am

Aloha Liz,
I will send you a Google map shortly. I will let you know when I return to the saddle. Have you done similar hikes?
Mahalo

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Liz June 14, 2016 at 8:11 am

Thanks so much :) I have not had the chance to do any of the saddles yet, but Kalihi and Moanalua Saddles are at the top of my hiking list. As for as anything similar to those hikes I’m not sure. I have done many hikes on the island and have felt quite comfortable on them. EX: 3 peaks, aiea-hidden stairs to Redhill, bowman to haiku stairs, tripler, kaala, kauu crater, manoa falls to k2 and k1 etc….

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HawaiiSunshine September 24, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Amazing post. I’m quite interested in that hidden bunker you guys found but am not completely sure where to look. From the photos I would say it looks like it could be near the Dillingham airfield, but I don’t know…

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kenji SAITO September 24, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Aloha Hawaii Sunshine,
Thanks. Your parents must have been free spirits to give you such a name. Just kidding. The bunkers are actually located on the East side of the island.
Mahalo

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HawaiiSunshine September 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm

Woooow I’m waaaayyyy off course. I kept looking at your picture of the mountains (2nd photo in the list) and thought they looked a lot like the mountains near the Mokuleia trail.

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HawaiiSunshine September 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm

I think I might go crazy looking for this. Would you be willing to send me a few more clues as to the bunker’s location?

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kenji SAITO September 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm

I emailed you. Hope it helps.

HawaiiSunshine September 25, 2016 at 8:22 pm

A million thanks!!! You are awesome!!!

Brandon January 20, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Aloha Kenji,

Would you be willing to email me a hint to the bunkers? Thank you!

Brandon

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