“I don’t need therapy, I need to go hiking in Hawaii”
Why nobody told me that Hawaii is such a magnificent hiking destination..? I’ve always imagined it as a postcard-perfect beaches, hula-dance and general chill in a Hawaiian flowers Lei Garland , sipping tiki coctails. Turns out that Hawaii has an incredibly adventurous vibe in the air! You can do hikes, waterfall trails, helicopter rides and more. Here’s photo-story from a few hikes that I had a chance to do there.
I. Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail
::: Natural hiking area with paved trail & overlook, ocean views, lighthouse & whale-watching opportunity. Pretty easy and incredibly rewarding! :::
:::: Stunning views of the coast and the dreamy, deep blue sea stretching to the horizon… ::::
::: How did I get here? Again, thanks to the Couchsurfing! One of the locals posted on the CS Honolulu facebook wall that she’s going to Makapu’u and has 3 free seats in her car <3 :::
::: After hiking all the way up you can get down the cliff to check out the black lava, blowholes and if the ocean is real :::
::: Highlight of the day- floating in the peaceful coastal tide pools while the ocean waves crushing around ::::
::: Entry to the next lookout : Lanai 🙂 ::::
::: If you don’t feel like walking – roadtrips by the Oahu shores are stunning just by themselves :::
II. Koko Crater Trail, Oahu
Better known as “Koko Head Stairs” ( or ‘Leg killer’ ) is your StairMaster workout for the day, with a better-be-good panoramic view to hope for. Free endurance and strength test,- you would challenge yourself to take every additional step up the mountain as you stride over 1050 of them to reach the top! Koko Head trail is a popular after-work workout for Honolulu people (Honolunians?).
This abandoned railway is a a World War II relict -the military created it to reach the lookout pillbox and haul cargo and supplies up to the top.
::: There is a mark every 100 steps to let you know how many more to conquer;) The last stretch is pretty steep -to the point that you are climbing rather than walking up! :::
::: Looooove those cliff’s ridges! :::
:::Only ~8000 km to the next land – Philippines:) :::
::: Climbing above the old military bunker at the top there are some amazing panoramic views :::
III. Crouching Lion, Oahu
Got there by public bus from Haleiwa, that took 1.5hrs, so when I saw the area is closed – of course I went in anyway ..
::: The trail is pretty clear but sometimes simply disappears in the thick greenery, leaving you looking for pieces of cloth tied to the trees that marks where you should go :::
::: There are points in the very beginning that are just walls of rocks and roots- luckily somebody left a rope :::
::: This hike turned out to be more epic than I’ve imagined…::::
::: You can climb all the way up there.. and more! the trail just continuous along the ridge :::
:::: Soaking in the view :::
::: It got pretty dangerous on the last stretch ::::
::: Wild hike! Now I see why it is closed. No railings, no clear paths- just you and the nature of a steep, rocky cliff- I absolutely loved it. ::::
Considering that this time I was alone, there was nobody on the trail and there was a storm coming- I was battling my thoughts at what point should I stop and turn around ( you really don’t want go down this steep,rocky route if it get slippery from rain)
::: Peak that I climbed-view from below :::
::: Mom I’m fine :::
IV. Okolehao Hiking Trail, Kauai
As you already know- I didn’t do much hiking in Kauai because I was too spoiled with the most awesome view just outside my couchsurfing house. Also- it is way less touristy than Oahu and there is only a basic public transport so it was more difficult to get around. After few days of just enjoying the north shore’s beaches and towns, I met a fellow Couchsurfer girl – Dahn, and we check out a nearby trail together- Okolehao.
::: Mud mud mudddd- the signature hiking feature of Kauai – the most rainy of all Hawaiian islands ::::
::: Life-hack for Kauai hikers- wear your swimming shoes!:) The trail is wet and so muddy that any other shoes would be ruined anyway and later on you can just wash them in the stream;) :(Yes- I was hiking with a tiny,pink backpack- that’s what happen when you go for 2 weeks in Hawaii with only 7kg hand-luggage) ::
More of stunning Kauai pics in the next post!