Note: video will be redone before Feb. 2013 using the much higher quality Final Cut Pro X.

Our third hike started in St. Louis Heights at the Wa'ahila State Recreation Area, and took us half way up to Mt. Olympus (Awa'awaloa) along the Lower Wa'ahila Ridge Trail, overlooking the adjacent valleys as well as Honolulu and Waikiki. We camped out on a relatively flat spot with nice views, esp. of sunset and the night sky. The trail itself is easy - intermediate but can be slippery and muddy when raining. As I have done many times previous, one can continue up the ridge to the Ko'olau summit atop Awa'awaloa ( / .. becoming an advanced trail. There is also a flat spot suitable for camping just below the rope section leading to the final ascent ... however we chose the lower spot due to heavy cloud cover, showers and wind near the summit.

Note: iMovie degrades certain scenes / washes out during the upload process. The main objective however is to document the hikes. All time lapse sequences will be collaborated into a single high quality movie using Adobe Lightroom.

Music: "Alone" by Minor Rain.

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 and bring 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 risk 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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