Ohikilolo to Ka’ala Road

October 8, 2017
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West side is the best side, especially for hiking. Thanks to Jasmin for dropping Alexis, Annalyn, Ferlino and myself off in Kea’au. Starting our dawn retreat into the valley. Party of four for the horseback adventure tours? It’s amazing how a few years can commercialize this valley. Hiking on the rocky, dirt road with views […]

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Aiea Ridge to Waimano Trail

October 1, 2017
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Chris asked if I had ever done this particular route before. Nope. That’s how I found myself back on the Aiea Loop Trail with Chris, Ferlino, Jason and Matt. Thanks again to Jasmin for dropping us off. Matt fiddling with his hardened shoes which would end up giving him problems on the trail. Hoping we […]

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Aiea Ridge to Tripler

September 24, 2017
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We decided to visit Hell and Heaven today; I met up with Alexis, Analyn, Chris and Ferlino at Moanalua Valley. Too early for the chickens. Only the dogs were barking as we started our early morning hike. Thanks to Jasmin for dropping us off. Bench with city light views. New sign. Summit Trail. No Exit. […]

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Pali Notches to Kalawahine Trail

September 17, 2017
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Picking up the trail from last week; met up with Ani, Analyn, Chris and Ferlino at the blustery Pali Lookout. Ready … 1,2,3 … Push. Wait, I’m not ready! Photo by Ferlino Carinio. Ferlino climbing up the short and steep hill from the lookout. Catching a view. Photo by Ani Lagpacan. Ani making her way […]

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Kalihi Saddle (Powerlines) to Pali Lookout

September 10, 2017
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It was time to pick and pack the champagne again. Met up with Ani, Analyn, Chris, Ferlino and Khym at the Pali Lookout. Thanks to Jasmin for dropping us off on the side of Likelike Highway. Making our way up through the overgrown and slightly eroded trail. Catching the sunrise at the top. Always a […]

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Papali Ridge to Poamoho Trail

September 3, 2017
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Chris and I spent the Labor Day weekend backpacking in the mountains. Thanks to Daryl for dropping us off. Passing the revolving wall of graffiti. Leaving the road behind us. Views of the Hau’ula coastline and Laie Point to our left. We left the loop trail to continue the climb up the ridge. Gaining elevation […]

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Moanalua Powerlines to Kalihi Saddle (Powerlines)

August 20, 2017
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Met up with Alexis, Ani, Analyn, Chris, Ferlino and Lopaka at Moanalua Valley to get back in the saddle. Swallowed up by the towering California grass and the inkiness of the early morning. Going up the streambed without a hiking stick, we finally found the ridge and starting making our way up. Looking back at […]

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Koko Crater Rim to Arch

August 19, 2017
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Jasmin joined me on a nice rim stroll around Koko Crater. Yes Koko Crater, not Koko Head. We passed through head high dry brush grass and rusty barbed wire to gain the rim. Jasmin making her way up the initial steep climb up the rim. Cylindrical cacti stems sprouting from the rocky crevices. Panoramic view […]

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Pali Notches to Lulumahu Ridge

August 13, 2017
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Met up with Ben, Chris, Dale and Shirley at the Pali Lookout, to help somebody put a notch in their hiking belt. Right off the bat, it was a steep little climb. The winds were blowing pretty hard above the lookout. Which way is the wind blowing? Thanks Shirley. Photo by Dale Yoshizu. Dale and […]

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Kulana’ahane to Moanalua Middle Ridge

August 6, 2017
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Some folks wanted to be broken into the saddle; so I met up with Ani, Annalyn, Chris and Stuart in Moanalua Valley. I think it would be nice to ride this road in a 4×4 once in my lifetime. Just saying. Looking for the Korean hikers that seem to dominate and populate this trail. Is […]

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