Sunday morning, rain is falling…kind of.
Beautiful Hawaii nei was a bit cloudy this past weekend, but a few of us amigas took advantage of witnessing one of nature’s wonderful works of art.
After some motivational push that encouraged me to finally get out there and literally, take a hike, I did it. We did it. My first hike after almost ten years-the last being at the Honouliuli Preserve, an academic requirement for my Environmental Science course at the time to help grow some of Hawaii’s endangered plants.
Where to, you ask. The easy, breezy, and beautiful MARINER’S RIDGE in luscious Hawaii Kai. A fairly simple hike for all ages, that even island girly girls like me can handle. The hike begins at the end of Kaluanai Road, there is plenty of street parking. There is a No Tresspassing sign at the beginning of the trail, but it’s alright for you to bypass that. The trail 1.5 miles each way, but seems longer for those who haven’t hiked in years, especially with the increasing inclines (ahem, like me). Most of the trail is shaded, at some spots you just want to stay and feel the cold gust of wind. You can stop and rest in between, as there are a lot of viewpoints.
The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking. You see a stretch of the island’s Windward side, from Waimanalo to Kailua. You can also catch a glimpse of Koko Head Crater, the Olomana Peaks, and Chinaman’s Hat in the distance.
“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”
— Dag Hammarskjold
Very well worth it. Some of our photos below: