OHE May 24, 1999 (Olomana, Ahiki, Pakui)

Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 08:27:39 -1000
From: Patrick Rorie (prorie@mailhost.k12.hi.us>
Subject: Olomana, Ahiki, Pakui Traverse... Pau Hana

Yes! Figuratively speaking, I ate the whole enchilada pau hana. Sped off after work and headed for Maunawili to hike one of windward Oahu's most recognized geographic features, Mount Olomana. Fridays are usually reserved for particularly challenging pau hana hikes since I don't have to work the next day.

Drove to Maunawili Valley Park located on Maunawili Road and changed into appropriate hiking attire inside the men's room, unusually clean for a public bathroom. At 4:30 p.m. I began jogging toward the trailhead and reached it a few yards past an empty guard shack six minutes later. Much has been written about the route to the first peak so I'll skip the details. I will mention that it was unusually hot (no wind whatsoever except for occasional sea breezes) and, as a result, I took off my shirt (I almost never hike shirtless).

Reached the top of the first peak (Olomana, elev. 1,643 ft) at 5:12 p.m. and paused briefly to rest. With limited daylight available, I continued the trek toward Ahiki, the second peak of Mount Olomana. Surprised to see it still there, I used a rope left by Ralph Valentino on April 11th while scrambling above the puka rock in route to the third peak.

Gained the summit of Pakui at 5:39 p.m. then dropped down to a position just above the tan cable on the backside of the peak. I paused briefly again to study the sheer fluted cliffs across the valley near Pu'u o Kona lit up beautifully by the afternoon sunshine.

During the descent of Pakui's backside I noticed that the peg holding the second blue and white rope was loose. Upon closer inspection it came completely out of the small crevice and I held it in my hand! "What the hell?!" I asked myself in disbelief. I crammed it back into place the best I could but used the rope only for security relying mostly on my free climbing ability to get to the next (first) blue and white rope.

Completed the traverse of Mount Olomana at 5:57 p.m. and descended from its base along the side ridge a group of us ascended on April 11th. At an obvious junction I went left down a dirt bike track and followed it emerging onto Old Kalanianaole behind the Norfolk mansions before 6:30 p.m.

Walked/jogged to the junction with Kalanianaole Hwy then ran back to my car in Maunawili stopping for a short break at Maunawili Elementary to hydrate. Took off for home at 7 p.m.

Notes: If anyone plans on ascending the backside of Pakui, please exercise extreme caution when using the second blue and white rope. I tested it but the peg could come loose again.

== Paka

Reply from: Ralph Valentino (RalphV@huntbuilding.com>


I noticed that vertical bolt was loose when I went up that day with you, the Famous Woman Hiker, and Jason. Without tools there was little I could do but hold it in place while the folks behind me scrambled up. It seemed to hold OK, as the force exerted on the bolt was a horizontal pull, which wouldn't normally pull the bolt up out of the crack; yet it isn't totally safe. Remember, if you wanted to put some permanent bolts in, it will cost about $20 for the epoxy, and I could most likely get galvanized bolts off of old power poles here at work. I can also borrow a small, gas-powered drill to bore the holes. I'm not sure if we have the correct drill bit, but that may add another $30 to the mix.


Reply from: Wing C Ng (wing@lava.net>

I went up the first rope on Saturday!!, from Aniani (Maunawili trail) side. That one is okay. Didn't go up any further, so can't say that I tested any other ropes :)


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