Pat, Ed, Steve, and I logged a good amount of hiking today. We all
started in Waianae Valley and made our way up the No-Name Peak side
of the Waianae Kai trail, a no-nonsense climb and a good
workout. From there, we descended an ancient Hawaiian trail, nowadays
used mostly by hunters, to Makaha Valley. This trail is well-defined in
its upper third but less so the rest of the way as it descends thru guava.
Pink ribbons helped us navigate our way.
Once down in Makaha, we headed makai on a well-used trail along
gently-flowing Makaha Stream. At one point, Pat led us up a short side
trail on the right that took us in a couple minutes to a pu'u with a
panoramic view of the valley. Pat and I agreed that the surroundings
reminded us of what one might see from Smoke Rock in Kalalau. Very nice.
The valley trail led to a Board of Water Supply well and a paved road
leading to the well. We walked down the road, our next objective being to
find a trail on the left that would lead us to a spur ridge up to the
terminus of the Kamaileunu Trail. HTMC vet Fred Dodge has hiked this
before, so I christened this Fred Dodge's Ridge.
We walked past the obscure trail on our way down but after backtracking,
we found it (a large pole, and now pink ribbons, mark the spot). The
trail proceeds into a forest of coffee and macadamia trees for 50-60
meters then veers right on a contour. After that, the way became
indistinct, and we switched into path-of-least resistance mode, with Pat
as the hammer man.
After about 15 minutes of pushing through, we began climbing a distinct,
rocky ridge. Yes, this was Dodge Ridge, which we hoped would deliver us
to the summit of Kamaileunu. We were optimistic yet apprehensive
since none of us had ever hiked this route all the way before (Pat,
Steve, Wing, and I had explored the lower section a few years ago).
Happily, the ridge was quite good, with no chopping necessary and no
overly challenging or taxing rock climbing, at least until we neared the
summit. Goats rule this ridge, evidenced by the well-used paths they've
created and the piles of dung they've left behind. Additionally, the
acrid aroma of goat urine leaves quite an impression.
As we approached the 2000-foot level, Pat picked up the pace and pressed
forward ahead of the rest of us. As we neared 2500 feet, we reached a
level section where we could see Pat 100 meters ahead. He had stopped at
the base of a radical-looking rock section, and it was obvious to us that
Pat had ceased hiking because the section was a dangerous one.
Steve, Ed, and I eventually reached the base of the rock section and
followed Pat to the left on a narrow bypass used by goats. A
big drop had us moving very cautiously. We decided that this left
bypass was too risky, so we backtracked to the face of the rock section
and explored bypass possibilities on the right. These didn't pan out, so
the only option was to attempt the face straight on if the summit were to
Testing every foot- and handhold several times, Pat went first. As we
nervously watched, he made it and then reported that ridge ahead looked
doable. Ed, exercising the same kind of caution, went next. Success.
Next in line were Steve and I. Admittedly, I was very nervous about
climbing this face but after watching Pat and Ed make it okay, I felt I
could do it. Steve, a very cautious sort, opted not to try it, even
after my concerted pep talk about what a great climber he is (which is no
Not wanting Steve to have to descend the ridge and find his way out of
Makaha alone, I decided to pass on the summit and head down with him. I
yelled out our plan to Pat and asked that he drive over to the end of
Kili Drive in Makaha to pick us up. Pat said he would.
So Pat and Ed continued up the ridge to reach the Kamaileunu terminus and
then hiked makai on that trail to Kepauula and the ridge that descended to
the junkyard in Waianae Valley. Earlier, Pat had left his vehicle on a
residential street near the junkyard.
In the meantime, Steve and I headed back down, stopping at the 1400-foot
level to examine what we thought was a halapepe tree. We eventually
reached the BOWS road and headed makai on it toward Kaneaki Heiau. Just
mauka of Kaneaki, we veered right on a trail, leaving the road behind.
This trail was overgrown with grass but still discernible. We crossed
the stream a handful of times and then emerged on a fairway of the Makaha
Valley Golf Course. Not wanting to walk out on the golf course, we
backtracked a minute on the trail and found another trail heading off in
the direction of the Makaha condo towers and Kili Drive. We followed
it. Steve and I eventually emerged on Huipo Drive, where we turned right
for the short walk to the end of Kili Drive by the security checkpoint
for the Makaha Towers. We sat down to rest on a bus stop bench and five
minutes later Pat and Ed pulled up to pick us up. Great timing!
In all, it was a good day of hiking. The weather stayed fairly cool all
day, with just a brief passing drizzle around 2:30. By 5 p.m., we all
were motoring off for home.
Some notes, not necessarily hike-related:
1. Posthike, on the way back up Waianae Valley to pick up my vehicle, we
passed a large gathering of people in an undeveloped lot where Waianae
Valley Road veers left and narrows. Chicken fight!
2. Regular unleaded gas is $1.76 a gallon in Nanakuli! I filled up on the
3. Around 5:30, Ed (passenger) and I (driving) witnessed an accident on H1
right by the Waikele offramp. While traveling in the center lane, we
saw a car two lanes to our left slam into a light pole along the center
median and flip over 5 to 6 times. We pulled over to render aid and Ed
called 911 on his cell phone. Miraculously, the driver and his
Saturday, April 28, 2001
Posted by Oahu Hiker at 4:32 PM
Saturday, April 21, 2001
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 17:01:20 -1000
From: Shelly Bermudez <email@example.com>
Subject: Friendship Garden
My name is Shelly Bermudez and I am the Program Manager of YWCA Camp
Kokokahi. Upon conducting a word search of Kokokahi, I came across your
webpages about your hiking experience and the spirit dog. Mahalo for
sharing your story. For the past 5 years that I have been at the camp, I
have been interested in hearing any ghost stories about the Kokokahi
Some brief history on Kokokahi.....
Dreams are realized in a diversity of ways, but few so beautifully as
that of Theodore Richards who envisioned a Hawaiian valley where people
of many races would work, play, and pray together in harmony. This was
"Kokokahi" of one blood. This was the name he gave the valley when his
dream came to life in 1928. His vision of Kokokahi was inspired by the
moving sermon of St. Paul in Chapter XVII of the Acts of Apostles.
Friendship Garden was a part of the whole Kokokahi system. Mr. & Mrs.
Jack Gillmar, their children and numerous volunteers labored for 25 years
to restore and maintain the garden. In 1998, The Friendship Garden
Foundation obtained the deed for the property from the YWCA. Mr. and
Mrs. Gillmar believe it is very important to maintain the garden to
continue Dr. Richard's dream. Mr. Gillmar's grandfather, Frank Schudder,
a Congregational missionary was a friend of Dr. Richards and played an
active role in Kokokahi's early days.
Russell Porter and Ted Talbott, two Windward residents were helpful in
restoring the trials that connected to the garden. One of the trails that
ties into Friendship Garden is named the Dudley Talbott Trail. It was
built by Ted Talbott in honor of his grandfather, Paul Dudley. It is
said that Mr. Tolbott, with the help of a few friends, worked about 1,000
hours and completed the trail in about 9 months.
If you are interested in more information about YWCA Camp Kokokahi,
please feel free to call the camp at the phone number below.
Aloha Nui Loa,
YWCA of O'ahu
45-035 Kaneohe Bay Drive
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
(808)247-2124 ext. 11
Posted by Oahu Hiker at 4:28 PM
Sunday, April 1, 2001
I dislike hiking in streambeds and along narrow ridges with rotten rock.
Posted by Oahu Hiker at 4:20 PM