"Follow your heart, but take your brain with you."
Updated: January 22, 2017
Hiking can be very dangerous, especially if you are new to the community. Many people travel far and wide to visit Hawaii just for the hikes. Hawaii has arguably some of the best hikes in the world. Born and raised in Hawaii, I personally have not been hiking all my life. I just started hiking 3 or 4 years ago. Within that time frame, I have done over a hundred hikes, and there is still so much more hikes out there. I used to use websites such as Exploration Hawaii or Unreal Hawaii to find new and exciting hikes, however there was never enough information for me. I would do a hike, seeing the photos, not knowing what I was in for, and have gotten lost many times. Thus, I created this website, to share my experiences so that other hikers will not make the same mistakes I have.
One example was when we first did Pali Notches. I knew the general location of the hike, but I did not know the exact location of the trail head. We headed up from Pali lookout into the forest on the right side, and started going up a steep mountain. The faint trail disappeared and we were rock climbing up a mountain, grabbing branches. It was about half an hour and I read that it took about 15 minutes to reach the clearing. I knew something was wrong. Then it started pouring rain and we had to head back down the steep mountain, literally sliding! We later found out that the trail head was ten feet to the left.
Another time we did Pu'u Ohulehule. It was a grueling 7 hour hike and I almost spent the night there because I went down a wrong ridge. My hiking buddies turned around and it was just me and my other friend, and even he gave up thirty minutes before the summit. I wanted to continue on to reach the summit, but I shouldn't have gone on my own. I made it to the summit, but on my way down I went down the wrong ridge. Lost for about half an hour, I back tracked to the summit and figured out my own way down. I started yelling, because I had no reception and wanted to make sure my friend was still there waiting for me at the same spot. I didn't want to go back down alone. We made it out just before dark.
Doing Pu'u Manamana, one of my favorite hikes, we encountered some other hikers by the turnaround point. They went straight instead of going right to the Graveyard Trail. I knew they were lost and they probably wouldn't have made it back if they went straight to True Manamana, one of the hardest hikes on Oahu. Luckily, we yelled at them and said they were going the wrong way. They turned around and took our route back down. Hopefully they made it down safe.
Now that you know how dangerous hiking can be, here are a few things you should know about hiking.
Here's some tips and things to consider before you attempt any hike.
Our website is not intended to be the sole source of information for any hike. This blog is just intended to show people what they can expect on the hike and what things to consider. Hiking conditions always change over the years. Trails could become overgrown, trees fall over, mud slides could change the direction of the trail to contour around. The pictures we post is from the time that we have done the hike, and not the current condition of the hike. Never assume that any hike is safe and always be aware of your surroundings. Always put your life first in everything you do while hiking. Hiking can be dangerous and we are not encouraging hikers to do things out of their capabilities. Know your limitations and have fun!
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