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August 24, 2012
From journal The Hunt for Pineapple Syrup
October 22, 2007
From journal Oahu - The Gathering Place
Salt Lake City, Utah
May 14, 2007
From journal Oahu for Two
May 7, 2007
From journal 10 Days in Oahu
March 18, 2007
From journal HGVClub Hilton Hawaiian Village
April 16, 2006
From journal Hawaiian Delight
September 15, 2005
From journal Fun in Oahu
January 28, 2005
Bring plenty of water--I can't stress that enough. The temperature here is hotter than at the beach. The path is a dirt trail that is a series of switchbacks up the side of the mountain. At the halfway point, there is a concrete landing with some photo opportunites. It is here that you are fooled into thinking you have almost made it to the top. Then you encounter a steep staircase (74 steps), which leads into a 225-foot-long tunnel. Guess what--a second staircase with 99 steps is now facing you! You have almost made it! You will encounter a spiral staircase, and then you will have made it. You can get a certificate that shows you made it to the top! Gee, did I mention that you have to climb out what I remember to be a hole to actually see the view? Now you have the option to climb one more set of steps to get to the very top observation area. Yes, the views are incredible!
Link to the offical site to download a brochure:
From journal Honolulu 20 years later!
St. Louis, Missouri
August 19, 2003
If you take a bus there, it will drop you off near the tunnel going into the crater. If you drive in to the parking lot, there's a $5 day use/parking fee.
I rated the level of difficulty here as beginner because of the good paths and steps. But there are hundreds of steps near the top that will give your heart a real work out, so keep that in mind. There are also a couple of long dark tunnels. They suggest that you take a flash light with you. We didn't, and got along ok. There are hand rails to guide you through the tunnels. I did take a bottle of water, though, and am very glad I did. It seemed to be more humid here then down in Waikiki.
Once at the top, the views into the crater and towards Waikiki are amazing. If you plan to take pictures, I'd recommend going up there in the morning so you have better lighting.
Give yourself at least 1.5 hours to make the roundtrip hike! The park closed at 6 when we were there in Aug. I'm not sure how they know everyone is down, or if they just lock you in. We didn't wait to find out.
The first two times we went to Oahu, we didn't do this hike. I'm glad I finally got to. It was well worth the effort.
From journal Hectic Honolulu
February 18, 2008
From journal Oahu, Hawaii: The Way to Make Memories Happen...