This is a re-edit and improved quality video using Final Cut Pro.
This 12 mile hike continues where I terminated my overnight hike on Jan. 1, 2011 due to high winds and bad visibility (vimeo.com/56569093). From Wa'ahila Ridge Recreation Area, I took the Wa'ahila Ridge Trail to the summit of Oahu's Mt. Olympus (Awa'awaloa), proceeded along the Ko'olau summit trail (KST) for approx. 5 mi. to Pu'u o Kona, and finishing at the bottom of Kuli'ou'ou Valley. Started at 0700, reached the summit of Olympus by 0830, and topped up at Pu'u o Kona at 1400 after a long jaunt along the KST. The summit crossing offered little views until reaching Wiliwilinui Ridge, when the skies opened up and revealed the extent of the drop just inches on my left, as well as superb views of the Ko'olau's, triple peaked Olomana and opposite toward Hawaii Kai and Honolulu. I did not meet a single hiker along the summit portion, but did meet hikers at the Wiliwilinui and Hawaii Loa Ridge trail terminus lookouts.
Note: hiking along the Ko'olau spine is not recommended for inexperienced / novice hikers ... weather can change drastically, it's usually very windy, muddy and slick. You can lose your balance and go over the side if you don't know what you're doing. Read section 1 (Ko'olau Summit Trail) at examiner.com/article/oahu-s-gnarliest-trails for a good summary.
Footage taken with the GoPro Hero HD head-mounted cam.
Edited with Final Cut Pro.
Music from "Unwound" podcast 13, Part 1.
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 ;-)