Wai’anae Kai forest reserve with the HTMC

Plans changed last minute for our 10 hour trek so we joined up with the Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club for a hike through the Wai’anae forest reserve.  Quickly into the hike I realized I had been here and was in fact lost in an attempt to find the Mount Ka’ala trail about a year ago.

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Waiting for my carpool buddies, the sun was just breaking through the cloudy horizon, on the way to the West side it became pretty epic.

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Met Wai’nae Steve, a man who is quite renown in the hiking community here.  He briefs us on the hike and makes sure we all sign our name to the hike log to make sure we are accounted for.

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Passages through cane grass areas led to the denser coffee plant forest.

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Yay, some berries were ripe!  Not the tastiest things but not awful either, full of caffeine.

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Baby coffee plant.

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Old water systems for the farming that used to take place in this area.

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Got backed up in some tight spots.

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There were so many ripe coffee berries that I started to collect them.

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Large agave plant taller than I was.

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There were a few caves in the hills, this one ferried water through to the other side and was large enough to duck walk through.

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There was guava and lilikoi along the way for snacking.

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One of the HTMC vets gave us a heads up on a waterlogged cave next to a small waterfall, we of course had to explore and I sacrificed my dry socks to tiptoe in further.  The tunnel went well inside the hill and without the aid of a headlamp It’d have been a blackout.  Towards the end someone had hung a terrifying surprise, and there was a spooky shrine at the end with a few candles.  I brought a lighter so we lit a few.

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This Kalo plant, one of a kind in the area, marks the entrance to the soggy cave.

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Attempted to capture the bugs flying in this area.  There were tons of fermenting guava on the ground.

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And we’re back, almost 5 miles later.  We head to my favorite West side joint, Coquitos.  Bomb grub awaited.

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It’s not much, but I collected a few coffee beans, I will dry them and roast them and see what happens.

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Photographs taken with Sony A5100 20mm 2.8 & panoramas with my Galaxy Note S5

The Pali Notches

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It was an early start for the notches, left with a lovely view of Diamondhead just after 6.

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On the lookout, waiting for my friends to arrive, all ended up bailing except Kenji.

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It was a popular trail this morning, a large team was to do the southern KST from this point so we heard, passed a few others along the way.

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“Every step I take is the furthest I’ve gone” I told Kenji, just passed the second notch here.

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Eyeballing the gnarly spur ridge off of the notch here, we were going to tempt our luck on it’s back.

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Kenji working his way up the chimney.  Soon I followed.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought.

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This was the worst part for me.  One slip up and you had about a 100 foot fall below, unstable footing, crumbly rocks.  I needed rope, and Kenji climbed up and threw some down to me.

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We climbed down the spur ridge a little bit.  I’d go further, I told Kenji, if we had more rope.  It was just too risky to do without insurance.

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Coming back up, this was our anchor.

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Working our way up to the K1 summit.

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The mudwall.

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Passed K1 and K2, on to the backside of Manoa falls now.

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Pretty views when below the clouds.

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Haunama bay loop

After a lovely beach day catching up with Shan, I donned my brophies and let the open road tell me where to go.  I was at the end of the loop towards China Walls when a coast guard helicopter made 4 passes above me and started to land at the top of the hill, didn’t stick around long enough to figure out what they were so curious about.  Beautiful cloudy day for a little salty air.

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Always try to run to the top, had to pause for a few pics this time it had been a while.

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Lovely clouds rolling through made for a few nice pics.

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Little weed I felt the need to photograph, I should stop biting my fingernails…

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“Ancestral home to the ‘Ihi’Ihilauakea” At first I was thinking this was some sort of base camp for a tribe of Ancient Hawaiians or something, it’s actually just some clover plant that grows down here, and now I want to go back and find some…

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The nice view on the other side of the building where I live.

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The closest thing I have to family out here.

Crouching Tiger Hike, Kaʻaʻawa, Oahu

I had a day off to prep for my workweek, my pal Shannon had it off too.  She was stuck home, I finally sucked it up and enjoyed an unbelievable windward drive on my motorcycle to Ka’a’awa to follow up on a plan that has been in the works for quite a while.  We were going to trek up Crouching Tiger, a short hike up the steep hills that started a half mile from where she lives.  We were dumbfounded by the views which seemed too good to be real.

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We made sure to pay attention to the markers of the trailhead.

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Oh man, the view of Kahana bay is amazing just a few minutes up the trail.

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We honestly just had to sit and stare for a while.  This was our view…

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If you look closely enough above, you can make out Shannon at the top.

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