Hiking the Waianae Range of Western Oahu, Hawaii

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Hiking the Waianae Range of Western Oahu, Hawaii


 

 

Most visitors to Oahu rarely make it out of Waikiki and even fewer still make it to the Leeward coast, whose wild and wooley reputation keeps even the city locals at bay. Never the less, the Waianae has some of the most beautiful beaches and siteseeing on Oahu and despite it's noteriety as being "rough" the hiking in the Waianae is well worth the trip.

There are many hiking trails and sites to see on the Leeward coast of Oahu located about 30 to 40 min from Honolulu International Airport. The Waianae Mountain Range is is capped by Kaena Point to the north and Makakilo ridge to the south and is home to the tallest peak on Oahu, Mt. Ka'ala, which rises 4025ft above Makaha Valley to the west with Waialua to the North East. Mt. Ka'ala is easily recognized by the giant geodesic dome that sits high on the mountains ridge line, which is used by the US Navy as a satellite tracking station. Here are some photos from a recent hiking expidition to the Waianae Range directly adjacent to the Makaha ahua pu'a'a.

 

 

Wailele, Hawaiian for waterfall                     Wild coffee

Wild Kalo, Hawaiian for Taro.

 

 

Part of the Waianae Range about half way up.

  

Giant Agave                                              Hou'oli Koa blossom

 

 Kehau, Hawaiian for mist

 

 

Koa covered in moss & lichen                     Lauae, indigenous fern

   

Cave passageway through ridge                   Wild Allspice 

 

Giant Eucalyptus                                        Invasive Guava 

 

Photos by Kimo

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Chris Fisher
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Wow I need a vacation!  Beautiful pictures Kimo, thanks for sharing!

Jul 10, 2008 04:14 PM #1
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Pete Jalbert
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Great pictures Kimo. I had the opportunity to sail along the Leeward cost 5 years back. That is an absolutely gorgeous stretch of Oahu.

Jul 11, 2008 03:34 PM #2
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WOW!  Makes me want to go hiking for sure.  But I think I'm going to need you to guide me - what a great knowledge of local plants!

Jul 11, 2008 10:38 PM #3
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All you need to do, Kimo, is enlarge these, frame them and you have original and BEAUTIFUL art peices that will only enhance your stagings and home.  Absolutely stunning!

Jul 13, 2008 09:02 AM #4
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Nice pictures and layout - I bet that was challenging (getting the pics in that is).  The hike must have been wonderful!

Jul 15, 2008 04:25 PM #5
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Aloha Everyone, Mahalo for the positive feedback.

Connie, I do here's an example

Photos by Kimo

Georgina, Taking a 35m camera hiking requires you to pay close attention to what your doing. Your hiking partners will have to be patient and you have to remember why your out there and not dawdle.

Jul 15, 2008 04:52 PM #6
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Kimo~

I loved the photos...and especially I loved the walk...through this beautiful territory ...As I read your post, I felt as if there is still a sustainable element there where you live... and that is something much treasured by me, and I suspect by all of the members of the ECO-All-Star Group. THX!

Jul 16, 2008 06:44 AM #7
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JaneAnn, Ancient Hawaiians were masters of sustainability because their spirituality did not separate them from their environment; everything was considered connected. Today we have all the challenges that any community has when it comes to green living, we just have to be committed for it to work.

Peace,

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Love the framed photos, Kimo =)

Jul 23, 2008 04:41 PM #9
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