Here’s a reminder of some of our adventures – It’s been fun!
Love the song on this video.
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Wray & Steven, Blue Moon Crater Hike
For those of you that have happened onto my blog via YouTube, I am a workaholic, living on Maui, and for the past year I have been learning how to have fun.
After 52 weeks, I have completed my journey, and on this posting is a video sharing many of my assorted adventures.
If you are planning a trip to Maui, or, if like Steven and me, you live here, and you are interested in seeing all there is to do on Maui, you may want to take a couple of minutes to watch the video; as well as check out the rest of the blog for more information.
Looking towards Haiku, Maui
Several people have encouraged me to keep going, to keep having fun every week. My response is that next, I’d like to do a blog on home repairs…but Steven adamantly refuses.
Windmill Farm, West Maui Mountains
But, he has agreed that since there are still things we’d like to do, such as going to Lanai, paragliding, whale watching, etc, we are going to continue having fun, once every four or five weeks. (What can I say, obviously we weren’t cured from being workaholics, and we love what we do.)
So, I guess this isn’t good-bye; we will see you next month.
Mahalo to everyone that joined us on our adventures this past year, as well as to everyone that took the time to view my postings. It meant a lot to me!
Overlooking the bamboo forest – the falls are down there somewhere.
About an hour after posting last week’s blog, the sun appeared, and it has been beautiful ever since. Summer has officially arrived to Haiku 🙂
Steven and I have been trying to hike to the four Na’ili’ili-haele Waterfalls for some time, but due to the rain we kept putting it off (62 inches since January). Even though it was a sunny day, as you could see in the video, parts of the trails were quite muddy.
We headed out early to avoid the crowds. When we arrived there were three other cars; when we left, passing by the second pool there was a small crowd of people and probably 30+ cars parked up on the highway.
Fortunately when we started, we got lost and were able to enjoy the reservoir and to see a fifth falls, which is not accessible.
Now this is what I call a waterfall! Falls #5 – not accessible – yippee for getting lost.
Even taking the picture of it was a bit precarious; Steven was holding my hand as I leaned over the cliff.
As you can see in the photo, of all the falls, it is the best one; though I was told there are possibly another 3 falls that are inaccessible.
Hikers we met from Vancouver. Yes, I know it’s hard to see them, but it’s the only photo I have of the four of them
Four other hikers, visiting from Vancouver, got lost with us, so from time to time, we ended up hiking together.
We connected mostly with Michelle; she was one of the most gung-ho trailblazers I’ve ever met. On the video, she is the one that jumped from 20feet+- into the water at the fourth falls.
Michelle (L) and Wray
OKAY, so everything I’ve read said the first two falls are fairly easy to access; which is true…as long as you don’t get lost. Though when you first start down the trail from Hana Hwy there are some steep, slippery areas.
Also I have read that what separates the novice hikers from the adventurers is the journey to the second two waterfalls. And that is also true. From the second falls you use a rope to guide yourself up the cliff. Unfortunately the rocks are very slippery and you have to return the same way. (Steven makes it look so easy.) If you watched the video you understand why I posted OOUCH at the beginning of this blog.
After you get up the cliff you hike through mud, over rocks, somewhere in there you climb up a ladder (thank you to whomever took the time to carry it all the way out there and fasten it to the rocks), and then you get in the water to swim to the third falls—by the way, you are so hot and muddy, the water feels great.
If you aren’t too tired yet, you climb up the rocks next to a small waterfall (no rope to help you here), then hike over more rocks, around a bend and you come to the fourth falls.
Fourth waterfall – YAHOO!
You cannot & should not scale the 35-foot rock face to get to the fifth falls.
And hopefully you’ll have the energy to retrace your steps back to the highway.
If you decided to do this hike make sure you start at the NO PARKING sign—which I can guarantee cars will be parked in front of—across from the Cook Island Pine trees & the 6 mile marker sign. We cut into the bamboo a ways beyond the sign and had an additional 20 minutes of walking before we finally found the right trail.
If you come across this wood plank, you know you are on the right trail. Good thing is that even all of the wrong trails should eventually lead you to a something worth seeing…this is only my assumption.
Believe it or not, we both loved this hike. So much so that Steven hopes to take his daughter when she comes to visit. Did you catch that…I said Steven is going to take his daughter. I’ll stay home. In spite of the fact that I enjoyed the challenge of the hike, right now I can’t muster the enthusiasm to do it again.
For us, it was fun as well as exhausting. Not to mention my ribs are still sore from bonding with that rock wall.
For more info about Na’ili’ili-haele Falls click HERE – the site includes a map. But there are lots of other postings about the hike to check out online.
We were planning on going to the Father’s Day Classic Car show, but it was canceled this year. Then we were going to hike in the bamboo forest, but when we first headed-out the weather appeared to be threatening rain any minute and the winds were strong, so we opted to drive 6 minutes from our house and trespass onto private property and go for a hike. (Yeah, I know…not cool, but no one lives there.) Apparently Steven has dreamed of purchasing this land for sometime and wanted to check it out.
View heading up the hill we were hiking.
Starting from the gate, which is on Hana Hwy, the road goes up and up and up, starting at the 50-foot elevation, to about 800 feet. There are spots where you have great views of the ocean as well as Haleakala; but due to the high cloud cover, the sky and sea look pretty gray on the video. On our way back down the hill, the skies began to clear.
Round trip it took us 2.5 hours. Just the right amount of moving around for an otherwise lazy day. Yes, we had a lazy day! Now this is truly a miracle, and the prefect Father’s Day gift for Steven…and I got to enjoy the rest of the lackadaisical day too …yeah!
Hala Trees – a.k.a. Tourist Pineapple Trees (pineapples don’t grow in trees) – a.k.a. Dr. Seuss Trees – to learn more about these trees, click HERE
Afterwards we were planning on going to see the movie Men In Black, but I didn’t have the heart to wake Steven from his well deserved nap. Maybe on another day.
As far as Steven’s dream of someday purchasing the land. I really don’t think I’m ready to own 100 acres. After hiking it, I don’t think he is either.
To learn more about the Hala Tree, click on this link – HALA TREE INFO
The song on the video is my new anthem! Thank you Jason Mraz; Living in the Moment, is available on iTunes.
My friend Rayne and I did the Wai`anapanapa Coast Hike (pronounced, why-a-nah-pah-nah-pah). I just looked the word up in my Hawaiian language dictionary and it means “glistening water” which is the perfect name for it.
From my house it is about an hours drive east (depending on how many waterfalls you stop to admire along the way). It was the perfect day for the hike, sunny, light trade winds, and with all of the rain we have had, the waterfalls were going off.
The park is just before you enter Hana, you turn into it at the 32-mile marker. We parked at the Black Sands beach parking lot, walked the paved pathway which transitions into a dirt trail, which changes into a lava rock trail. I do want to mention that if you decide to do this hike, you need to look for the “hikers” sign (see photo); or you’ll end up on a loop that only takes you on a 10-minute walk. We thought it rather funny that starting out there are two hikers shown on the sign, but coming back, after a strenuous hike, from the other direction only one is shown on the sign…and it’s right before the cemetery. (OK, guess you had to be there.)
If you see this sign you are hiking in the right direction
The hikers sign is up near a small cemetery where a very hefty mongoose lives. Have to admit, the mongooses on our side of the island appear to be malnourished in comparison.
I’m very happy that I recently bought hiking boots. The trail reminded me of the King’s Highway Steven and I hiked last winter; on that one I wore tennis shoes and it was hard on my ankles.
This hike was fantastic. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, with a small Hala tree grove, dramatic sea cliffs, and a view of a side of Haleakala that I rarely get to see. Round trip it is about 7 miles, so take water and a snack.
Even if you aren’t into as intense of a hike as we went on, the Wai`anapanapa State Park offers the Black Sand beach, a freshwater cave (which we didn’t take the time to venture into) restrooms, showers, picnic facilities, camping area as well as cabins (the cabins need to be booked well in advance), and you are only a short drive from Hana.
A bit of info about my friend Rayne: Tav Rayne has been an Integrated Healing practitioner with great success for over 10 years. Most recently Rayne has founded OpenSource Healing <http://www.opensourcehealing.com/blog> , an online resource for those interested in learning about and receiving a heart-centred approach to integrated healing. enlightenarts.com <http://enlightenarts.com>
Kathy and I headed over to Kapalua yesterday and hiked the Mahana Ridge Trail. What a great way to start spring. After all the rain it felt so good to get out and move.
Honestly, I can only repeat what other blog sites have said about this hike; it is exceptional! Absolutely lovely.
Looking towards Moloka’i
The hike is approx 7.25 miles long and took us 4 hours to complete, which included stopping to take photos and eating a snack. We only saw five other hikers the entire time. And, amazingly two of them hadn’t brought any water. They declined on taking some of our water, but we did pass along apples and tangerines to them. They were heading in the opposite direction and we hope they made it alright. Fortunately a lot of the hike is shaded by trees. Though, about 2 months ago a hiker was helicoptered out due to dehydration. Please, when hiking, take water!
We were grateful for the steps they put in this section of the trail – or we would have had to slide down on our okole’s (fannies)
The terrain is varied; from fern lined paths, to pine forests and banyan trees. You definitely don’t want to miss the short 0.10 mile Pine Loop. That is where we took the photos of the banyan tree roots. The place was breathtaking!
Via Kapalua Adventures, the resort offers a free shuttle (though we gave the driver a tip) that will drive you up near the trail head (actually 1.25 miles from it.) If you click on the above posted website, you will see there are shorter hikes that you can take as well.
Speaking for both of us, we had a great time. Can’t wait to head back and check out some of there other trails.
On Maui’s southern coastline you will find the King’s Highway. Hiking through the lava fields and past the ancient Hawaiian stonewalls, you cannot help but feel the power of the Hawaiian Goddess Pele and the sacredness of these amazing islands.
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It was quite windy and nearly impossible to hold the camera steady for videoing. I hope you are able to get a sense of the uniqueness of this side of the island.
King’s Highway is also known as Hoapili Trail. You need good shoes and plenty of water. It took us about 2.5 hours round trip. There are actually 2 trails; the one we took today—along the ocean—and another one, just a short distance away; both of them are “paved” with lava rock. Steve wore hiking boots and was fine—I had on tennis shoes and my ankles got a workout.
At this rock wall you have the option of staying on the coastal trail or heading over to what I consider to be the rockier trail.
This is the second time we’ve made the trek and this time it was much easier. Years ago we hiked the upper trail and were lugging backpacks with food, sleeping bags and tents. (It was a work out!)
Some friends did the hike several weeks ago and saw quite a few whales. As far I know there weren’t any today, but then again, I was so busy looking at the trail, watching my every step, they may have been breaching and I just missed it all.
At the end of the trail you come upon anchialine ponds (which were mostly dried up right now). Also there were a number of coral rock walls that some kind people built as wind blocks; which we greatly appreciated! (They were the perfect spot to enjoy the view of the sea–on the video there is a photo of Steve sitting in one of them.)
It was great visiting this side of the island again; and it was the perfect day for it with high clouds and a nice wind.
WOW, couldn’t believe all the large homes that now line the narrow road leading up to La Perouse Bay.
For those of you interested in doing the hike, just get on the Kihei Road and keep going, past the Makena Golf Course, past Makena State Park, and past all the food carts. When you can’t go any farther—you’ll see the sign for the Makena Stable Trail Rides on your left and shortly past it the road ends.
Just down the road is the parking for King’s Highway
Turn right at the bend in the road and you’ll see where you can park. To the left is the trailhead. Since I keep my postings pretty short and sweet, here are two sites you can click on for a little more information.
The past couple of week’s life has been quite hectic for us. It was hard to get away for a full day of fun, so Steven and I opted to head up Kula Highway to Haleakala Crater; stopping at the 7,000 foot (2133.6 meters) elevation for sunset and to hike Hosmer Grove.
Like many other things that we are doing this year, Steven and I had never hiked Hosmer Grove; we found the trail to be very short, as well as very beautiful. And it was great feeling a real chill in the air; in Jan/Feb the average high is 59 degrees F (15 Celsius) & the low 41 degrees F (5 Celsius). (Yes, I think even non Haiku-ers would think the air was nippy!)
Right after you drive past the Haleakala Crater ranger station, on your left is the road that leads to Hosmer Grove. At the parking lot you’ll find restrooms and a small camping area. The trail can be a bit precarious but in general the hike is easy. If you walk really, really, slowly it may take you 25 minutes, and that includes taking time to read the signs that are posted describing the assorted trees and wildlife.
I never thought I’d become a bird watcher…
Trust me, this is like the bird on the sign. It has a beautiful song!
Go to the left for a little bit of a longer walk – going to the right takes you back towards the parking lot.
When you come to the broken sign (see photo), you can take the trail to the left, which will loop back around to the Hosmer trail…giving you a bit more exercise.
A park ranger told me that you can also hike the 2.5-mile supply trail, which starts at the first parking lot you come to, and it will connect you to the Halemauu Trail, which leads all the way up the side of the crater to the Halemauu Trail parking lot–now that would be a hike. (Next time!)
Another option: Up Halemauu Trail towards the Switchback Trail
Hosmer Grove campsite and trail head.
By the way, the sunset was fabulous!
Maui Revealed says Hosmer Grove is a great place to see Moonbows, when the moon is full and there is a light mist in the air. They are an amazing sight; we’ll definitely bundle up one evening and head back in hopes of seeing one.
If you are not into hiking, but enjoy nature and are sure footed (like I said, the trail can be precarious), you’ll enjoy the short hike at Hosmer Grove.
For more info on Hosmer Grove and the other crater hikes go to –
I love the past paragraph on the above posted site, it is a good reminder that we must care for these islands…for this planet – We humans brought this struggle to Hawaii’s native life; we bear the responsibility for preserving the unique ecosystems remaining within our National Parks. With deforestation of the world’s rainforests continuing at one acre per minute, we hold a vital piece of earth’s natural heritage.
On Sunday, January 1st 2012, a group of friends celebrated New Years Day with me by hiking the Lahaina Pali Trail.
If you have ever hiked this trail you are probably wondering why we would choose to celebrate the New Year by torturing ourselves. (I can hear my friend Karin saying we’re nuts.)
Because I had read that at times the Maalaea entrance gate gets locked, we opted to park outside the main gate off of the Honopaiilani Hwy, where we began the hike. (We’d parked Steven’s truck on the Lahaina side, where the trail ends.)
For those of you that are planning on doing this hike, you can open the Maalaea gate and drive to the parking lot, where you will see the trailhead. I cannot stress this enough :), if you do not see the information plaques in stone (see photo) YOU ARE NOT AT THE HEAD OF THE TRAIL.
Plaques at the HEAD OF TRAIL – Maalaea side
So, due to the fact that we missed the trail (yeah, yeah, I know…), what should have been a 4 – 4.5 hour hike took us 5.5 hours. After walking a mile out of our way we backtracked to the sign that said Trail+Parking; amazingly no one called it quits and we all headed up the proper trail.
The trail is rocky with no trees for shade. You hike from sea level up 1600 feet, where the views of Maui, Molokini Crater, Kaho’olawe and Lani are breathtaking.
Two Nene Geese flying by (circled in blue)
From the western side of the mountain we not only saw whales breaching but we could clearly hear the swooshing sound of air being released through their blowholes.
To anyone considering this hike, we DO NOT recommend that you hike it in the summer! It was hot enough in January. (Please don’t hate us for living on Maui.)
With that said, whatever time of year you do go TAKE LOTS OF WATER. I repeatedly read this on other blogs, so we each brought extra and it was still barely enough. (Steven and I took 48oz each & had more waiting for us in his truck.) We also recommend that you bring enough fruit to keep you going. And wear a hat; the sun is brutal! Theresa and I found our walking sticks came in very handy.
View towards Wailea, Maui’s south shore
In the end we all agreed that we were happy we did it, but there wasn’t much chance any of us would ever do it again.
At times the strenuous 5.5-mile trail felt never ending; yet, at the end of the day we were all still smiling and laughing…ormaybe it was heatstroke.
Note: I chose the song on the video because Dec 21st, Solstice, is the longest night and shortest day of the year. A time to celebrate the return of the sun; plus on our side of the island we had had weeks of rain…Here comes the sun, little darlin’…
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Since this is the last week of 2011, when it came time to put my little slide show together I was compelled to remind myself (and that also means everyone that watches the slide show) about the past four months of my life.
One thing I’ve learned is that having fun can be a lot of work, and working can be a lot of fun.
Twice a year my friend Prapata and I hook up on our birthdays for a walk up Holomua Road and lunch in Paia.
Holomua Road, near Ho’okipa Beach. It’s a lovely walk, ending at the old Maui High School.
Prapata lives in Kihei, which is a long 40-minute drive from my home in Haiku. (I’m being sarcastic; yes we do only see each other on our birthdays, but it’s not because she lives too far away, it’s because I’m a pathetic workaholic.)
This year our birthdays slipped by without celebration…until last week 🙂
Prapata & me at Fresh Mint Restaurant
In a few days it will be 2012. I’m looking forward to it; we have a lot of projects we’re working on…. ooh I guess I’m not cured of being a workaholic yet. I’m also looking forward to what the next 35 weeks of fun will bring; more hiking, visiting the island of Molokai, swimming with turtles, maybe paragliding…time will tell.
Photos don’t do the Waihou Springs Hike justice; you had to be there, surrounded by the silence, the scents, the beauty.
Though it will come as no surprise to anyone following this blog that it has been years since I took the time to drive the 25 minutes from my house to enjoy these upcountry trails.
Kailua Gulch – 30′ rock wall
Situated off of Olinda Road, at the 4000 foot elevation the hike is fairly short; you have two choices, the loop, or the loop along with a short switch back path that leads you down 30 feet into the Kailua Gulch; where you end up with a view of a rock wall with tunnels carved into the side, which are used to divert water. (Though hiking up and peering into one, it didn’t look like water had flowed through these tunnels in quite sometime.)
Walking at a moderate pace, the entire hike takes no more than one hour. Yes, it is short and sweet, but for me, breathing in the scent of the pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees is a great way to feel the late fall season, which in Olinda is quite different then the jungle foliage of Haiku. Along with the Twin Falls Hike, I will not wait so long to return.
Makawao’s street fair is coming up this week—hope it is as fun as the one in Paia was.
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