Hiking: Kuaokala Trail

At the trailhead

Another wet and windy hike in the books, Kuaokala Trail. The forecast was to be scattered showers with gusty winds. As we entered Waianae, it started to pour. But we decided it would passing, and by the time we get to the trailhead, it would be clear.

A little bit of sunshine

Kuaokala is a permitted hike because the hike is on military land. To get the trailhead, you enter at Kaena point Satellite Tracking Station. Besides the permit, you will need ids for everyone in the car. The military police let you in through the three gates. You will need to call them on using call box if they are not around.

View of Makua Valley

The weather turned not in our favorite as it became more wet and windy as we hiked. It made parts of the trail slippery and our views obstructed by clouds and rain. But I did managed to catch a few shot when the sun peaked out.

gusty winds on the ridge
going over the red boulders
The crew during a break in from the rain. Cousin “E, “T”, “J”, and “L”
“L” amongst the red boulder
“J” and “T” making good use of fencing

This trail was worth going on wet and windy day. The rain made it a little tougher but it was great to get out amongst the trees.

Hiking: Poamoho Trail

Hiking this trail isn’t easy to come by. It’s a permitted trail, only allowing hikers and hunters on the weekends and federal holidays. The permit enables five people and one 4-wheel drive vehicle. It’s a 45-minute slow drive up a rutted (if it’s been raining, muddy) road. But once you arrive, it is all worth the effort.

My effort was very minimal as I was one of the five that didn’t have to apply for the permit or drive the truck. All I needed to do was to arrive at the meeting places at a reasonable hour (7:00). I’m a lucky girl (really an old lady). Haha.

Beautiful day for a hike

Our group of five hiking friends that met through my cousin, “E.” There was “L,” “J,” “R,” “E,” and myself. Pretty well paired with each other as hiking ability goes. Several of them have excellent knowledge of fauna and birds on the trail. Always nice to have that on a hike.

The trailhead

The weather was beautiful; winds picked up from earlier in the week. Sunny, with a minimal amount of clouds. It had been dry the previous days before making the mud at a minimum.

The trailhead looked different because of the tall grasses surrounding the sign. Hiker “L” heard the trail upkeep might be lacking because of the quarantine. Grasses were tall but still walkable.

It has been at least two years since I last hiked the trail. It was a similar type of day; dry and sunny. I’m happy because of the stories I’ve heard slipping, sliding, and walking out mud up to mid-calf doesn’t sound like fun.

On the way up, we were met with a brisk breeze around every corner, making corners something to look forward to. The trail was narrow, on foot in front of the other in places. Making it a good workout on our balance.

Much of the Strawberry guava was past it’s prime. The fruit flies were swarming in those areas (needed to breathe through our nose or get a mouthful). And where there wasn’t guava, there were ferns. I’m not sure what type of fern, but a sturdy variety as it saved me from falling into the mud.

Once you reach the summit, you understand why this is one of the beautiful hikes in Hawaii. You can see all the way to the east side beaches. On this day, the breeze was more than a breeze but a Pali Lookout style winds.

We had our rest and back on the trail. It was as comfortable as the morning as the sun had risen high in the sky. Turning the corners, we were not greeted with a gust of wind. But we made our way to the last bench for orange slices and the last of the water to get us out to our truck.

We all feel accomplished finishing the 7 miles and dreaming of our next hike together.

Life

from my morning walk

I originally started this post as a “whoa is me” post to complain about unemployment, not receiving my check, and sitting in the phone queue for 5+ hours. But I take that all back.

Yes, I am furloughed, I’m yet to receive a check from UI, I will be stuck in the phone queue until I settle this issue and my furlough has been extended to January 4th. But I can’t feel sorry for myself. That’s how you get stuck and curling up in a ball and not want to do nothing for yourself. Sometimes life is harder than you expected.

I told myself at the beginning of the furlough that I would make use to this time instead of festering and becoming bitter. It’s been a tough road, the unemployment situation doesn’t help a bit. But I still want to make the best of this time. When will I get this kind of time to do something for myself, to do something creative, to make something beautiful.

I decided to write this to remind myself I have this time to do for myself. To think about life and where it may take me. Here’s my list so far I hope I can complete some of it before the end of the year. I’ll be posting my progress and going ons at the home front with the my 4 roommates (haha).

  • make my aloha shirt patchwork quilt
  • learn to double knit
  • finish my strand work squares, on #8 half way there
  • start journaling
  • start my Etsy shop
  • learn how to use the watercolor pencils
  • walk more often
  • write letters
  • get rid of stuff I don’t use
  • plan my next hiking trip

First Hike 2020

Octopus plant makes for a nice pattern

My first hike of 2020 was at my old faithful, Aiea Loop Trail. I woke up wanting do a I hike, start my year with a clear head. Thought I’d be the only one on the trail but to my surprise there was more people with the same mindset as to get out for a hike.

I do uphill instead of down. It gets the usual wet part over with first. And the trail was really gooey on this day. Took it slow to not to slip or get too much mud on me. Didn’t take my poles with me, that would have help on speed.

Forrest Bathing???

Speaking of speed, I guess I shouldn’t worry about that because if this was suppose to be kind of a Forrest Bathing event, should be more about being amongst the trees. haha. I went as fast as I could to work up a sweat and stopped and took pictures where I could. Got done in 1:38 for 4.29 miles, not bad.

It was really beautiful out. Skies were clear even after the firework show.

Need some inspiration for all of my making. Love the texture of the old gnarly trees and the moss. I was thinking it would make a beautiful cowl. The silvery color of the bark of the old trees is also a beautiful color. Bet its’ hard dye.

That’s all for my first post of 2020. Have a inspired year!

A New Trail

Beautiful morning

Got my cousin to take me hiking on a new trail, MaƱana Ridge trail. We got an early start, with that comes prime parking, right new the trailhead. Trying to be quiet as it is in a residential area at the end of Komo Mai Drive in Pacific Palisades. Greeting us at the entrance are a brood of feral chickens, wanting us to head them.

We passed through the gates, up a paved section, no one around besides us. It was so peaceful. I think we passed 2 people coming down the trail. Must be neighborhood people doing their morning walk.

looking towards Waipahu

Once we got pass the trees, the view opens up. I was a really beautiful day and views were spectacular.

We reached our destination the picnic tables and took a pictures. I even got a picture of a human. haha.

The feral chickens greeted us on the way and even followed us to the car. A pretty pushing bunch. Wish I took a pictures of them. Next time.