Not trying to blow my own horn... really. Just wanted to inform you OHE'ers of where I went this past three day weekend.
== 8/14, Thursday Pau Hana, Kaluanui Ridge Pau Hana
Left work promptly at 4 p.m. and headed for Hawaii Kai. Stopped at foodland to get some water. Wanted to do Mauna 'Oahi but the trailhead looked like it was in the back of a construction area according to the Bryan's Map. The workers with their equipment were still working so I headed up to the top of the Mariner's Ridge subdivision. After changing clothes in my car I headed up the Kaluanui Ridge Trail. It was 5:05 p.m. I had done it only once and thought about going either left or right after reaching the Ko'olau Summit ridge to explore territory I had not hiked before. Perhaps go as far as the Tom-Tom Trail Summit. I finished the Kaluanui Ridge Trail in 24 minutes but instead of going left or right and continuing I just sat down at a good viewing spot and rested for the remainder of the time. The views were nice esp. of Olomana to the left and Ohulehule off in the distance. To see them both at the same time is so cool ! At 6:35 p.m. started back for the trailhead. Took my time going back to enjoy the views and reached my car at 7:12.
== 8/15, Friday, Hidden Valley
Thought about getting up early and doing Kipapa Ridge since it is so close to where I live but partly sunny skies convinced me otherwise (the summit was totally socked in and it looked like it was raining along the ridge). I paged Kurt Heilbron between 9:45 a.m. and 10 to see if he was available. We had spoken over the phone the night before about doing Konahuanui and exploring down Piliwale. After about an hour of not receiving a phone call I headed out toward the windward side. Because half the day was gone already I decided to do a short hike and one I haven't done before. Hidden Valley in back of Kaaawa fit both requirements. Parked along side Swanzy Beach park near some other vehicles, crossed Kam. Hwy. and walked past where the firestation used to be. It was 12:30. Reached the trailhead in back of some houses six minutes later and began moving up the trail. Passed a pill-box, enjoyed the open ridge walking which included three cable sections (one cable section had two cables for assistance), and had nice views of Kaaawa Valley featuring Kanehoalani. The trail then went to the right and below a narrow dike, opened up briefly and then descended to the right of Pu'u ?. The section along the side of Pu'u ? had lots of beautiful ginger with the red cone and tea leave plants. Reached the waterfall at 1:30. It was not flowing however. Climbed down to the ledge to enjoy the excellent view of the valley below. At 1:35 followed a trail which went above the falls and across the stream. At 1:42 crossed the stream and found the trail which takes you to the Pu'u Manamana Trail. Heard thunder above but kept going up toward the ridge top. At 2:05 it began to rain and the trail became very overgrown with uluhe so I decided to turn back. Reached the waterfall and took one more look down into the valley from the ledge. At 2:25 I began to head back to the trailhead. Reached my car at 3:20. Drove to Lanikai and paddled out to the larger Mokulua island.
== 8/16, Saturday, Kaaawa Valley, Pu'u Piei, Kaiwa Ridge Moon Rise
Drove to Kualoa Beach park and arrived there just before 9 a.m. Waited for friends to arrive but when they didn't show I took off for the first entrance into Kaaawa Valley at 9:10. Just before exiting the park my friends turned in and we saw each other. They followed me as I drove to the first entrance into Kaaawa Valley. There was no one around so I got out of my car, jumped the fence and ran into the valley looking for the group. "Had the hike been cancelled ?" I asked myself. Next I walked right down the middle of the "Godzilla" movie set. No one asked me who I was or anything. I must have fit in perfectly ! I looked around for some of the stars but did not see any. Reached the end of the set and turned around. I asked a few people along the way if there was a Kualoa employee around but they didn't know. Departed the set and walked past the Jurasic Park sign. "What a classic photo that would be !" I told myself. Finally spoke with someone from the ranch and he suggested that I go to the main office. Ran out the other entrance to the valley and along Kam. Hwy. until I reached my friends in their truck. They noticed how hot and sweaty I was but I told them it was just a warm up. We drove to the main office and Mike (not the one who lead the hike) told us that everyone had gone already but that he would try and get us to their probable location. He was successful and we joined the group at approx. 10:11 a.m. I'm hoping that someone else will submit a write-up of the actual hike.
During the Kaaawa Valley Hike I met OHE'er Sergio Lotenschtein, Phyllis and a guy who lives in Tantalus. After the hike in Kaaawa Valley the four of us headed for Kahana Valley. We past Kahana Valley State park and parked just beyond the entrance to the boat-launching ramp. We crossed Kam. Hwy. and pushed thru to the canapy area of the Pu'u Piei Hike. Sergio will submit a report about the rest of the hike sometime this week.
At approx. 4:35 p.m. we said our goodbyes and departed the area. I headed for Kailua in anticipation of the moon rise that night. After satisfying my appetite at Subway and Dave's ice cream I headed for the Kaiwa Ridge trailhead. Arrived there at 6 p.m. and relaxed in my car until just after 6:30. Noticed some para-sailors flying around above the ridge. At approx. 6:45 I got out of my car and started walking up toward the trailhead. Twenty minutes later I reached the stacked pill-boxes and sat down to rest. The moon had already risen to a point well above the horizon and as darkness fell its light reflected very beautifully on the ocean below. Enjoyed the views until just before 9 p.m. Would like to have stayed longer but I had big plans for the next day and had to get some sleep in order to fulfill them.
== 8/17, Sunday, Kipapa Ridge Trail Solo
Look for "Return to Kipapa Ridge" write-up later this week. I started from an undisclosed location at 8:16 a.m., reached the junction with the Kipapa Ridge Trail at 9:28 and headed for the summit at 9:33. Reached the summit which was completely clear at 1:34 p.m. ! Awesome views ! After a one hour rest at the summit I started working my way back to the junction. Arrived there at 6:37 p.m. and got to my car at 7:48 p.m. Again, more details later...
I also went on the Kaaawa hike.
Sunday I went Laie with the Club. Weather was sunny and hot, and I thought I might not make it to the top.
Surprise! It's also certainly because of the 16 hour Waimalu megahike I did last weekend. I became a speed demon and reached the top in 3 hours. I've never made it that fast ever on this hike! Also came down in 2 h 40 min.
On top, we wondered where Pat went; he mentioned about Piliwale, and we were joking how we are going to write his obit. .... :-)
Anyway, the lesson is, in order to go fast, you have to do something way past your endurance point; e.g. to go fast on an 8-hour hike, you have to do a 16-hour hike, collapse afterwards, and then whenever pain does not kill you, it will make you strong!
Now to go fast on a 16-hour hike, it is obvious corollary from the above theorem that you have to go on a 32-hour hike, collapse afterwards, .... :-)