Poamoho Trail to Manana

by kenji SAITO on September 25, 2021

Hiking Poamoho Trail to Manana

We spent a blustery weekend in the mountains to help each other cross the KST finish line. Photo by Art Young.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Thanks to Darryl and Edgar for shuttling and driving Art, Barry and myself from Manana to Poamoho. Much appreciated guys.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Somebody has been hard at work on fixing the trail.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Rope? We don’t need no stinking rope! Photo by Art Young.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Contouring our way around one of the more massive landslides that changed the character of the trail.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Barry surveying the mass wasting around him. Photo by Art Young.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Lending scale to the gravity induced river of debris that cleared a path straight down to the stream. Photo by Art Young.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Passing through a spot where the trail was cleared of fallen trees.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Crossing the stream which meant we were less than ten minutes from the summit. Photo by Art Young.

Poamoho Summit

Poamoho Summit

The summit views were fleeting so we struck out for the cabin.

Ko'olau Summit Trail (KST)

Ko’olau Summit Trail (KST)

Drifting over the boardwalk. Photo by Art Young.

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

Brief stop at the oldest cabin on the KST where we filled our water bottles and signed the logbook for posterity’s sake.

KST

KST

Approaching the man-made notch in the mountains that was made to allow beasts of burden to pass through. Photo by Barry Lau.

Pauao Junction

Pauao Junction

Looking down into the lush valleys and verdant landscape.

KST

KST

Following the fence line. Photo by Art Young.

KST

KST

Barry making friends on the trail. Just don’t feed the wildlife. Photo by Art Young.

KST

KST

Are we there yet? Photo by Art Young.

Schofield-Waikane Junction

Schofield-Waikane Junction

Group photo left to right: Art, myself and Barry.

KST

KST

Approaching the split in the trail.

KST

KST

Crossing over the well-trodden landslide.

KST

KST

Pushing our way through the endemic and ubiquitous uluhe ferns.

KST

KST

Appreciating the wide open trail while it lasted. Photo by Barry Lau.

KST

KST

Descending down the fence line with nothing but the wind and clouds for company.

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

The horizontal leaning sugi pine tree was doing quite well. In fact, I think it sprouted a couple feet since our last visit. It could have been the clouds playing with my imagination. Photo by Barry Lau.

KST

KST

Making our way over one of the numerous landslides that constantly change the character of the trail.

KST

KST

Art passing through the notch which meant we were home for the night.

Camp Rusty

Camp Rusty

Making camp amidst the grove of Japanese Sugi Pine Trees and swapping fuel and not stories for the night.

Camp Rusty

Camp Rusty

Waking up to a typical cloud soaked day on the KST.

KST

KST

Climbing out of our campsite.

Kipapa Junction

Kipapa Junction

Where the trail becomes a ridge. Photo by Art Young.

Ko'olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

Ko’olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

The cardio climbing commences. Photo by Art Young.

KSRT

KSRT

Enjoying the relatively flat sections while we can.

KSRT

KSRT

Descending down into the gap.

Waiawa Gap

Waiawa Gap

It was just a matter of time before the fence line made its way into the gap. Photo by Art Young.

Waiawa Gap

Waiawa Gap

Taking the scenic way. Translation: The harder way.

Waiawa Gap

Waiawa Gap

Making our way to the middle of the gap.

Waiawa Gap

Waiawa Gap

Preparing for the onslaught of the killer bees. Thankfully they never materialized.

Waiawa Gap

Waiawa Gap

Climbing out of the gap. Photo by Art Young.

KSRT

KSRT

Cardio continuation.

KSRT

KSRT

Sometimes it’s the little hills that give you pause and not the big ones.

KSRT

KSRT

Crossing another trickling stream. Anybody need water? Photo by Art Young.

KSRT

KSRT

Pushing up one of the last big hills. Photo by Barry Lau.

KSRT

KSRT

The wind, clouds and rain combined to make it a very surreal moment in the mountains.

KSRT

KSRT

Barry tunneling through the trees. Photo by Art Young.

Corner

Corner

Brief stop at the cold and windy filling station. Photo by Art Young.

KSRT

KSRT

All smiles as the major rolling hills were behind us.

KSRT

KSRT

Art heading towards our last summit of the weekend. Photo by Barry Lau.

Manana Summit

Manana Summit

#16. Champagne congratulations to Barry for completing his last section needed to connect the dots on the Ko’olau Summit Trail. Photo by Art Young.

Manana Summit

Manana Summit

Art also celebrated his second completion along with my 13th time traversing the Ko’olau Mountains. No champagne for us. Not even a pat on the back. Just three fingers behind my head.

Manana Trail

Manana Trail

Barry hightailed it down the trail while we took our time going down.

Manana Trail

Manana Trail

Are we there yet? Are we done yet? Another trail I am scratching off my list. Photo by Art Young.

All pau

All pau

Exiting the 16.8 mile trail and putting another camping weekend behind us. Photo by Art Young.

Post hike meal

Post hike meal

Many thanks to Aida, Chris, Lilyn, Quan and Tessa for joining us at the nearby park and bringing chicken papaya, Popeye’s chicken and other sides for our post hike meal along with ice cold cokes to wash it down. Barry was there in spirit as well. Phone spirit. Congratulations again to Barry and Art for their KST completions.

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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Aida Gordon October 29, 2021 at 10:09 am

Epic hikw! Congrats to all you die hard hikers ????

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kenji SAITO November 16, 2021 at 1:41 pm

Aloha Aida,
Thanks a bunch and for coming out to feed our hungry faces.
Mahalo

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