Following my hike from Konahuanui (K2) - Mt. Olympus (Awa'awaloa) the previous day via the Ko'olau Summit Trail (KST), overnighting atop the summit, and after bailing out enroute to Pu'u o Kona New Year's Day due to high winds and foul weather ( see vimeo.com/56569093).
The Mt. Olympus / Wa'ahila Ridge Trail offers something for all hikers - novice to expert, esp. photography and nature lovers.
As I descended the summit (in the pic above partially shrouded) the weather improved remarkably.
Video taken with the GoPro Hero HD headcam.
Edited with iMovie (approx. 6.5 min).
Music from the podcast "Unwound".
If you're a non-resident / first time visitor or novice hiker, start with the easy - intermediate (maintained) trails and graduate yourself on subsequent visits. Do yourself a favour and purchase Stewart Ball's "Hiker's Guide to Oahu" ... it's your best and most valuable resource. Do your homework and study topo maps, weather forecasts / radar / sunset times. There are numerous blogs and media posted frequently by local experienced Oahu hikers (these folks are super-friendly and will give you directions and advice). Wear proper gear and don't forget lot's of water and a fully charged cell. If hiking alone or with others, tell someone where you're hiking and keep in touch. Above all there's no shame in turning back if you don't like what you see ... better to stay alive and continue on a subsequent visit. You are solely responsible for your own safety and the risks you take . Hikers, including locals have gotten lost, suffered serious injury and even died while hiking these trails, so be careful. Mind your insurance coverage limitations as well.
Last but not least ... RESPECT THE LAND! Stay on the trails, don't litter (in fact if you come across any and are able ... take it out with you). Do not unneccessarily disturb the flora, understand and respect historical / cultural ethics, wash, brush or bag your boots upon completion of the hike, and do not intentionally tumble any loose rocks / boulders from ridges as there may be hikers / hunters on trails below or houses that you are unaware of. Be a SAFE, CONSIDERATE and RESPONSIBLE hiker. Enjoy and bask in the privilege of being able to hike some of the most beautiful and unique trails in the world ... you'll be rewarded ... and get addicted ;-)
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