We started off the hike in the lush jungle in Palolo valley, there were lots of mountain apples lingering about which were ripe and delicious. The sweet sent of fallen fruit filled the air.
It was a bit on the muddy side.
We arrived at the first waterfall, and ascended to the next series of waterfalls climbing alongside them. It was a blast mixing up some jungle hiking with a little bit of bouldering.
“In Loving Memory Heidi Marie Page 1971-1997 rest here and give thanks for the love you give and the love you receive, the world was her neighborhood”
I was told Heidi had fallen from the top of this waterfall.
Ka’au crater finally presents itself, it’s the least accessible crater on the island (of which there are 3 total, 4 if you count Haunama bay), we continue on the southwestern ridge until the steep and muddy climb to the Ko’olau ridgeline.
Once we ascend to the ridgeline, we found a barefoot hiker who was trekking the ridgeline in the opposite direction. He was very pleased to acquire an apple from us. We bushwhacked it through the overgrown ridge trail to Mt. Olympus and continued down the Wa’ahila ridge trail back to our parked vehicles.
At the bottom I was asked if I wanted a beer from a fellow hiker. “Of course!” I said and she handed me a 7 Up, I was confused until she told me it was a beer in disguise. Brilliant…