From the Oahu Hiking Enthusiasts Archives Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 09:48:03 -1000 From: Kapa Reero (email@example.com) Subject: Kawiwi-Ka'ala-Waialua
Did a great hike with a dude named Lawrence Muredo on Sunday, March 11. Dayle Turner and other super hikers had the right idea, but less than ideal conditions kept them from completing the entire jaunt in November of 2000. This write-up is not meant to shame them. Lawrence and I had the luxury of picking a perfect day to do the traverse.
The weather? A drop-dead gorgeous day! Pleasant temperatures, gentle trade wind breeze, both mountain ranges (Ko'olau, Waianae) completely clear of cloud cover.
At approx. 11 am the two of us topped out on Kawiwi's apex, sat down for a water break and gazed at the prominent surrounding geographical features. To the east lay massive Mount Ka'ala (our lunch time goal), and to the north, Ohikilolo's triangular peak, as well as the beautiful sheer fluted cliffs below the peak, caught our attention.
From No Name, we eventually dropped down to the junction with Kumaipo (an ancient Hawaiian trail), but remained on the crest of Kamaileunu Ridge and ascended to "Three Poles". A short distance above "Three Poles", Lawrence and I encountered a military dude and conversed with him briefly.
Pressing on, the two of us ascended steeply via a series of ropes/cables. Upon reaching a small clearing on the edge of the Ka'ala plateau/bog, we met two friendly gentlemen who had gained Ka'ala's summit by using the Dupont Trail. Dan (one of the men) told us to be on the lookout for lobeliads in bloom, and, sure enough, we spotted several just inside the Ka'ala NAR. Muredo even took a picture of one of the plants. As we traipsed along the boardwalk, I halted on several occasions to bring various native shrubs to Muredo's attention. He was very impressed (sarcasm).
Finally, at 2:21 pm, Lawrence and I arrived at the grassy overlook just outside the FAA radar installation and proceeded to consume a late lunch.
During the break we were treated to a magnificent vista of the northshore, the Ko'olau foothills above Haleiwa, the multicolored tracts above Mokuleia, the Wahiawa plain and most of the Ko'olau Range. The white wake of waves visible off the northshore gave proof that surf was definately up!
At 3:08 pm we reluctantly departed the overlook and headed for Dupont. Prior to reaching the Mount Ka'ala Road/Dupont junction, six military men passed us having come up the Dupont Trail.
The leg down to Waialua went pretty much without incident. Muredo and me delighted in the superb transition from native forest to dry-land forest to cattle pasture, all accentuated by the lovely afternoon, characterized by abundant sunshine and blue sky. However, we did get stopped by a ranch owner not far from the long semipaved road leading to Farrington Hwy. Fortunately, the man recognized Lawrence by his unusual hair color (they do business together), and they carried on a favorable conversation. In the end, the ranch owner bid us a friendly farewell but said to call him BEFORE we set foot on his land to hike.
At 5:30 pm Lawrence and I entered my car and immediated sped off for the Leeward Coast. About an hour later, we found ourselves in Waianae Valley. I waited to make sure Muredo's truck started then followed him to Waianae Town. Instead of making a left onto Farrington Hwy, I proceeded straight to Pokai Bay Beach Park where I witnessed a nice sun set.