Sunday, August 22, 2010
This trail combines Kanealole, Makiki Valley, Nahuina, Kalawahine, Pauoa Flats, Manoa Cliff, Moleka, and finally, Maunalaha trail for a total of 8.5 miles. It was my first time hiking alone, but I wasn't worried for I had my garminfone and I knew I was going to run into several hikers along the way. I met a couple from Switzerland at the Nuuanu Lookout, a dad and daughter along Manoa Cliffs, and a young couple at the end of the trail. The last couple carried their backpacks in training for an upcoming 3-day hike at Haleakala. I may run into them since we were planning on hiking it on the same 3-day weekend.
I love this trail for several reasons. One, the trailhead is one of the best in the islands with clean toilet rooms, informative maps, and a water catchment system for cleaning your muddy shoes. Second, there are always friendly people on the trail to be there "just in case", mostly elderly Koreans. And lastly, it's just 15 minutes from work or home.