Backpacking from Laie to Waikane along the Ko'olau mountain range on Oahu, Hawaii from September 1st to September 3rd, 2012. This backpack trek included two overnight stopovers at two separate cabins. The challenge was to pack our backpacks without a tent, so locating and getting to each cabin before nightfall was key. The weather was phenomenal, making for dramatic scenery in and out of the clouds during intense easterly tradewinds; in additon, surprisingly, we were welcomed with relatively dry conditions throughout the three days along a stretch of the Ko'olau mountains that receives significant amounts of rainfall daily. En route to Waikane, the summit trail passes incredible vantage points overlooking valleys, gulches, distant ridges, and the ocean. It is arguably the most beautiful section of trail along the Ko'olau summit.
A big thanks to Chase Norton, August Smith, and Pete Clines for letting us in on some little known tid bits about the trek. An extra special thanks to Keahi Ka'awa for dropping us off in Laie and picking us up in Waikane with a cooler full of goodies and a box full of pork hash and manapua. Without those guys, this memorable backpacking experience would not have been possible. Mahalo.
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