OHE October 7, 1998

Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 14:16:27 -1000
From: Patrick Rorie (prorie@hekili.k12.hi.us>
Subject: Hiking Accomplishments, Oct. 1 - Oct. 6

== Thursday, Oct. 1 - Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Pau Hana ==

Did a quickie (Ralph Valentino term) hike after work on the windward side last Thursday. Traveled through the Wilson Tunnel and along Kahekili to the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Used the men's room to change into hiking clothes.

After parking on Hui Iwa which borders the Temple Valley Shopping Center I set out on foot at 4:53 p.m. Jogged along Kahekili until reaching a gate fronting an old overgrown dirt road. Ascended gradually then more steeply along the road gaining the ridge line in the process. From there I picked up a trail and followed it sometimes steeply to a benchmark (elev. 751 ft). A short distance later I sat down on a concrete bunker.

Along the way I noticed several sisal plants which reminded me of Kalalau. The Ko'olau summit ridge was clear and I recognized the broad Waimalu Middle Ridge Summit as well as the peak Eleao. Lanihuli, Keahi a kahoe and the Aiea Ridge Summit also caught my eye. It took 22 minutes to gain the bunker from my car and the location featured a nice view of Kaneohe Bay and Ohulehule. Heeia Stream fed a marshy area behind Heeia Pond.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, HTM conducted a hike to the top of Ma'eli'eli. 34 people participated including Stuart Ball. However, the hike originated from Heeia State Park which is along Kaneohe Bay.

"Pu'u Ma'eli'eli is the small peak overlooking Kane'ohe Bay between Kahalu'u and Kane'ohe. The climb to its top is short, but steep."*

== Friday, Oct. 2 - Pu'u Kalena Pau Hana ==

Ventured out Schofield Barracks way to get in a little exercise via the Pu'u Kalena Trail. Entered the Army base via Foote Gate, turned left onto Road 'A' then right onto Lyman Road. Drove along Lyman until I came to Bowman Park. Changed clothes inside the men's room. Proceeded to the dirt parking area near Kolekole Pass, hydrated then continued on foot at 5:05 p.m. crossing Kolekole Road.

Followed a dirt road as it ascended to the former location of the Kolekole Cross. Climbed steeply over an eroded area and exchanged greetings with an older gentleman who was huffing and puffing. Passed through vegetation consisting mainly of Christmas berry and sat down to catch my breath at a benchmark where the ridge leveled off at 5:22 p.m.

Pressing on, I successfully negotiated the famous narrow rock dike (top photo page 4 of photo section in Ball's "Hiker's Guide") in route to Pu'u Ku'Makali'i. Paused briefly then went left along the main ridge over a relatively level narrow stretch. Upon climbing up a rock face I encountered many ohi'a trees.

Descended gradually a short distance, sat down on an open rocky spot on the ridge crest at 5:40 p.m. and enjoyed the incredible views of vast Lualualei Valley, mighty Kamaileunu Ridge, the deep blue Pacific Ocean off the Waianae Coast and the sheer rugged cliffs below Pu'u Hapapa. Pu'u Heleakala and Pu'u O'Hulu in the distance as well as Pu'u Kailio almost directly below toward Kolekole Pass also got my attention.

At 6 p.m. I began retracing my steps back to my car. During the return trip the light from the setting sun illuminated the lower cliffs on the Lualualei side very nicely and eventually clouds enshrouded the ridge. Arrived at the Kolekole dirt parking area at 6:36 p.m. and drove off soon after.

== Saturday, Oct. 3 - "Wonderful" Keaau with Steve Poor and Dayle Turner ==

The only additional info I'd like to add is that while descending to the saddle which came before the climb to the eroded red hill (pu'u) part of a rock face collapsed under my weight as I moved over it. Thanks to my incredible dexterity I avoided tumbling off the ridge but I did sustain a deep cut on my right arm a few inches below the wrist. My white wicker shirt began to turn red as I did all I could to stop the bleeding. Dayle saved the day by providing a bandage and tape to hold it in place. Showing great courage, I continued the hike while most would have called it a day.

Otherwise, please refer to Dayle's write-up of this event.

== Sunday, Oct. 4 - Kapalama Loop Trail Maintenance ==

Joined the HTM trail maintenance crew for the clearing of the Kapalama Loop Trail above Kamehameha Schools. Greg did a terrific job of recounting what happened so I'll only add a few more details.

Periodically, some of the girls from the dorm passed through the parking lot both before and after the clearing making Dayle and I yearn for younger years.

At the lunch spot HTM Prez Grant Oka gazed longingly toward massive Lanihuli which was cloud free at that moment (he's never been to the top).

Following lunch, as we cleared the other half of the loop, lots of Australian Tea trees were encountered. The most we've seen on any trail since Waimano.

On the way down the switchback section I accidentally reopened the cut I suffered on Keaau Ridge. Blood oozed out of the wound down both sides of my arm as I cried out for assistance. Ralph Valentino (also nursing a wound having cut his knee with his machete a few minutes after we broke from the lunch spot) busted out his first aid kit and handed June Miyasato a gauze pad which she placed over the cut. "Doc" Valentino applied some antibiotic ointment on the wound then taped the bandage over it. I began to feel light headed so I sat down and put my feet up against a tree. June provided a piece of candy which helped me revive. A big mahalo to June and Ralph for their help.

Later, in the lower region of the valley, Ralph, John Hall, Ken Suzuki, Grant and I studied a large lovely banyon tree with very tall straight palm trees nearby. Ken commented that the area had a very unique and interesting collection of flora.

== Monday, Oct. 5 - HTM Clubhouse ==

Dropped by the charming rustic HTM clubhouse in Waimanalo to drop off a check for the roofer and do some chores. Planned on hiking Kaiwa Ridge to watch the full moon rise but clouds obscured the horizon.

== Tuesday, Oct. 6 - Kaiwa Ridge moon rise Pau Hana ==

Visited the HTM clubhouse again to finish chores and tally the visitor log for the October Board Meeting. Departed the two story house at 6:40 p.m. bound for Lanikai. Parked off to the side of Kaelepulu Drive above the Mid Pacific Country Club entrance.

Following final preps, I started heading up the ridge in the dark at 7:03 p.m. Using my mini-mag light and pushing hard I arrived at the twin bunkers ten minutes later despite gusty trade winds.

The moon rose at 7:20 p.m behind the Mokulua Islands but was blocked by both low and high clouds. However, the light emanating from the celestial ball which circles the earth lit up the high clouds beautifully. I waited patiently hoping that the moon would emerge from the cloud cover.

Giving up, I began descending back to my car at 8 p.m. pausing occasionally to look at the night sky. Further down the ridge, I stopped as the clouds moved out of the moon's visual path. I sat down for a few minutes taking pleasure from the moon light reflecting exquisitely off of the ocean in front of the Mokulua Islands. Reluctantly, I completed the return leg of the hike approaching my car at 9 p.m.

== Getting it straight ==

On September 28th, 1998, Patrick Rorie wrote...

"At 10:11 a.m. I began traveling on foot along the road between the housing in route to the trailhead. From the hunter/hiker check-in box I turned left and descended to a dam. Forded Kahana Stream via the dam and worked my way through a jungle which included two more stream crossings and an abundance of hau trees. Emerged from the jungle and dropped down to another stream featuring an inviting swimming hole. Climbed briefly through bamboo then meandered about an open level stretch of the valley, uluhe bordering both sides of the trail. I recognized more hau with their pineapple looking fruit and many koa trees as I headed toward the ridge which led to the summit of Ohulehule."

Although there is an abundance of hau trees in Kahana Valley, the correct name for the trees I observed on the way to Ohulehule's apex is hala not hau.

REFERENCES

* Ball, Jr., Stuart M. THE HIKER'S GUIDE TO O'AHU. Honolulu: University Of Hawaii Press, 1993.

== Paka


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