Waiahole Tunnels

by kenji SAITO on November 1, 2020

Exploring Waiahole Tunnels

Back for more waterfalls. Of a sort. There was water flowing. Does that count? Photo by Analyn Baliscao.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Aida, Analyn, Art, Dale, Ed, Edgar, Janell, Jennifer, Katie, Quan, Sally and myself carpooled into Lilyn and Matt’s vehicles and drove to the trailhead before the chickens woke up to start our tubing exploration and hike with Janell one last time before she moves to the mainland.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

We had a brief discussion as Matt was going to take us on the longer approach that would involve more tubing time, but we all decided on the shorter route. Besides, nobody brought their wet suits except Matt and nobody was dying to catch a case of hypothermia. Photo by Art Young.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Our first stream crossing of the day. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

We soon connected to the main trail in the valley. Photo by Art Young.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Shake on top. Shaka on bottom. Photo by Janell Tuttle.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Single filing on the trail. No passing. Photo by Jennifer LaRochelle.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

There’s only room for one guy on this tree. And a woman apparently. Photo by Lilyn Avendano.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

How many hikers can this tree support? Apparently 13. Lucky 13. Photo by Edgar Gamiao.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Paparazzi swarming the haku lei’d Janell. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

My selfie stick gets bigger! Learn something new every day! Group photo by Sally Chow.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Look who arrived fashionably late. Somebody was not a morning person. Photo by Ed Valdez.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Everybody was here for the party. Group photo by Analyn Baliscao.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Some kept dry and some got wet for another stream crossing. Photo by Quan Haberstroh.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Laredo showed us this off the beaten trail gem of a tree. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Silky waterfall shot. Smooth as segregation. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Ahu

Ahu

Rock stackers repping a group from the Paleolithic era.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Preparing to cross over another stream crossing. Photo by Art Young.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Art was thinking of taking the easy way out of the valley. Photo by Janell Tuttle.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Everybody wanted to practice their silky shots, once the settings became known. Photo by Quan Haberstroh.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Analyn climbing her way through one of the major blowdowns in the valley. Photo by Dale Yoshizu.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Building a junction marker that we never came back to use. Photo by Ed Valdez.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Listening to the back and forth discussion if we are coming back or not coming back here. Photo by Ed Valdez.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

The closest we would come to seeing the waterfall. Photo by Allison Banks.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

We finally decided that we were not coming back here, so we all gathered our stuff and headed into the tunnel. Photo by Art Young.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Looking back as the rest of the group streamed into the tunnel. Photo by Ed Valdez.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Exploring one of 27 known tunnels on this side of the island. Photo by Dale Yoshizu.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Making our way up the “step” as the water churned underneath our feet. Photo by Art Young.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Some of us climbed out of the freezing water and explored another tunnel above us. Photo by Dale Yoshizu.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

I thought Halloween was yesterday? Photo by Lilyn Avendano.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Laredo going through the semi-gated tunnel. Photo by Ed Valdez.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Matt on the other side of the gate. Photo by Ed Valdez.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Hello from the other side. Photo by Ed Valdez.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Ed taking the direct route to get back to us. Pays to be on the slender side. Photo by Sally Chow

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Wading through just part of the network of irrigation tunnels that is the sugar industry’s legacy to Hawaii as it channels water trapped in the basaltic dikes to the arid central plain.

Blow

Blow

It was time to release everybody’s hot air. Some had to master the technique of pinch and blow. Some never could. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Testing out the water slide. Katie lost her floatie and Sally got stuck. But everybody had fun. Manmade water park.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

There was another debate as to how far we should go upstream. Eventually Jennifer, Quan and myself followed Allison further up the pitch black tunnel while everybody else went with the flow.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Follow me guys, we don’t need another extra 20 minutes. Photo by Art Young.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Passing a side tunnel as Dale, Ed and Edgar headed back topside.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Look what Ed found floating out of the tunnel. Photo by Dale Yoshizu.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Dale put the found floatie to immediate use. Photo by Edgar Gamiao.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

We didn’t find the promised waterfalls, so we hopped in our floaties and enjoyed the ride down the tunnel.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

The rest of the group daisy chained together as they floated downstream. The group that floats together, stays together. Literally. Photo by Art Young.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Floating down at different speeds based on body weight and position.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

End of the ride for us, as the drainage grate impeded further progress.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

We could literally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Janell getting ready to submerge and slide out. Photo by Art Young.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Matt helping with the assist and recovery on the other side. Somebody didn’t need the help.

Waiahole Tunnels

Waiahole Tunnels

Top side view of the water flowing out of the tunnel.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

The group in various stages of shivering. Photo by Art Young.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Matt and Sally coming down the steps after checking out a memorial perhaps dedicated to the Chinese workers that helped build these irrigation tunnels?

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

I guess Janell will have to find other booty to squeeze on the mainland.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Walking out the verdant valley.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Somebody was not amused at Matt crying wolf repeatedly, or was that crying scooba? Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Trying to play Tarzan on the vines, very unsuccessfully I might add.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Coming down the road back to our cars.

Waiahole Valley

Waiahole Valley

Some forgetful hiker left her wallet on the road and luckily discovered it coming back. Naturally, suspicion fell on me for some reason. When sorry doesn’t mean sorry. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

All pau

All pau

This picture begs the question; which is faster, a hiker or a tortoise? We also found out that posed mannequins can easily fool some people more than others. Allison, Analyn and Laredo had to leave as they had hot dates waiting for them. Photo by Analyn Baliscao.

Post hike meal

Post hike meal

The rest of us grabbed Hawaiian food from where else, Waiahole Poi Factory and headed across the street to Kualoa Beach, where Narissa also joined us to eat our lunch in social distancing peace.

Kualoa Beach

Kualoa Beach

Fun on the beach with a borrowed children’s toy, couples snuggling and posing.

Kualoa Beach

Kualoa Beach

Halloween was still alive on the beach. Who did the wicked witch of the Windward best?

Secret Island

Secret Island

Fun at the docks. One last booty squeeze, shoulder squeezing, kung fu fighting and cartwheeling.

Video by Edgar Gamiao of our Waiahole Tunnels Exploration Hike.

Video by Matt Vidaurri of our Waiahole Tunnels Exploration Hike.

It was a fun filled day with good friends and company. Saying goodbye is always bittersweet. Everybody will miss your infectious laugh and smile Janell. A hui hou.

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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Jenn November 30, 2020 at 9:52 am

Hilarious commentary! Going to miss Janelle so much! ??

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Jenn November 30, 2020 at 9:53 am

Those are supposed to be !!!! Not ?? lol

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kenji SAITO November 30, 2020 at 8:41 pm

Aloha Jenn,
Thanks for coming. Yup, she’ll be missed by all.
Mahalo

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Aida Gordon November 30, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Aloha, Janell! Thanks, Kenji, for organizing such a fun outing!

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kenji SAITO November 30, 2020 at 8:41 pm

Aloha Aida,
Thanks for tagging along. That was a fun day.
Mahalo

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lilyn November 30, 2020 at 2:02 pm

What an amazingly fun send off for Janell!

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kenji SAITO November 30, 2020 at 8:42 pm

Aloha Lilyn,
Yes, glad you found your wallet as well!
Mahalo

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Jerome December 22, 2020 at 10:18 pm

If I do this trail does it start at the end or around waiahole valley road or the south waiahole valley road? Never been to that hike since my uncle took me there since he knows the place well until he passed away couple years ago and didn’t get a chance to tell him of the starting point. Just need advice for the starting point and pretty much that’s it. Thanks

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kenji SAITO December 25, 2020 at 11:26 pm

Aloha Jerome,
I emailed you about this hike.
Mahalo

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Stephanie Koo February 21, 2021 at 9:59 am

Can you please email me where to start this trail and is it moderate or hard?
Thank you so much ????

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kenji SAITO February 23, 2021 at 7:03 pm

Aloha Stephanie,
I emailed you. Hope it helps.
Mahalo

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Stephanie Koo March 3, 2021 at 6:34 am

Mahalo kenji really appreciate it!

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kenji SAITO March 4, 2021 at 10:41 am

Did you get the email? Hope it helped. Have fun and stay safe.
mahalo

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