OHE January 2, 1999 (Koko Crater)

Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 10:08:21 -1000
From: "Dayle K. Turner" 
Subject: HTMC traditional 1/1 hike

As they do every January 1, members of the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club climbed to the summit of Koko Crater to welcome the new year.

I don't have an accurate count on the number of folks in attendance, but a round number would be 40. The OHE-L folks I recall seeing were Grant Oka, Ralph Valentino, Carole K. Moon, Jim Pushaw, and Greg Kingsley. Also there were Stuart Ball and his wife Lynn, celebrating their second wedding anniversary, having taken their vows at the summit on 1/1/97.

The suggested route for the hike was to ascend via a ridge from the Blowhole-facing side of the crater and to make a left hand turn at the rim and continue to the summit. Wanting an additional workout, I went right at the rim, eventually descending into the crater and climbing a side ridge to the regain the Hawaii Kai-side rim. Several others used this option as well while the majority used the suggested route.

After a 30-minute rest at the summit, I headed down via the Hawaii Kai-side rim, coaxing three first-timers for that route to follow me. Prior to departing the summit, when asked about this route, I issued the standard HTMC reply: "It's not too bad."

Really, it isn't.

When we reached the crater floor and then the trailhead, club member Mike Algiers was waiting there with his truck to transport folks back to the Blowhole parking lot where we'd launched.

Again wanting more of a workout, I opted to hike back via a faint trail along the base of the Makapu'u-facing side of the crater, arriving at Kalanianaole Hwy by the ewa entrance to Sandy Beach in about 20 minutes. Along the way, I passed an old cabin/shed, assorted piles of trash, and plenty of koa haole trees.

Arriving back at the Blowhole parking area, I broke out my new backpacker chair (mahalo to Bill Melemai for the Xmas gift), and watched other hikers descending via two different routes on the makai-facing wall of the crater. I later joined a bunch of members at the HTMC clubhouse in Waimanalo for some refreshments and socializing.

Later in the afternoon, I headed to Waikane Valley were I picked up Pat Rorie and the hiking doctors, Gene Robinson (aka "The Pua'a Chaser") and Torrey Goodman (aka G.I. Jane). They had spent New Year's day hiking up the Poamoho Trail, crossing over on the Koolau Summit Trail, and descending to the windward side via the Waikane Trail. All three are OHE-L subscribers and hopefully one or more will post a narrative about their outing.

As for the rest of the week, I'll log some kind of hike today (Konahuanui maybe?), join the HTMC trail clearing gang on the Pauoa Woods trail tomorrow, and then head off to the Big Island on Monday (work- related trip) where I also plan to get in a hike or two in the Volcanoes National Park (Ka'aha, perhaps).

1999 is off to a good start hike-wise.



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