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Koko Crater & Lighthouse Hike

After the conference finished I moved into a hostel just 3 blocks away for the next 2 days. I stayed here last year and it is great location close to my 2 favourites - PF Changs & Cheesecake Factory and close to a really large "Ross" store for shopping fun and of course the beach!! I am in a 6 bed girls dorm which is basic but totally fine for $35 USD a night.

Today I had planned to do couple of hikes - Koko Crater and Makapu'u Lighthouse walk.

I caught bus 22 from out the front of the Apple store for $2.50 ( had to have exact money - no change given) & got off at Koko Crater opposite Hanuma Bay. It took about 45 minutes. could see the railway track faintly in the distance going up to the top of Koko Crater. This was going to be much steeper and higher than the Diamond head hike. I crossed over the highway and walked past a shooting range on my right and found the start of the walk.

It was definitely challenging and I needed to stop frequently to get my breathe back. I wasn't alone in doing that with people regularly stoping to sit for awhile! There were a few super fit humans running up and down but they were the minority! It was basically walking up steep railway sleepers (now disused) and like climbing steep wide uneven steps. With my short legs I felt like walking poles would have been helpful! The 1100 steps up took 45 minutes up & 25 minutes down. Half way up there is a bridge that you need to walk over with a 12 foot drop below and an active bees nest on that. to dodge! It was pretty scary as you are still on railway tracks with nothing between them. I just kept walking and looking at the next sleeper and not looking down too much over this part. The wood was rotten in places and you definitely did not want slip. Lots of people actually crawled across it!

Once up the top of the railway rack there were trails to get to the summit. The views over Hanuma Bay south and to north to Makapu'u Lighthouse walk were stunning!

Walking downhill was gruelling on the knees so I kept swapping legs to not put to much pressure on one knee. Both ways were challenging - uphill for cardio & downhill on the knees and trying not to slip over.

I walked back to the lookout over beautiful Hanuma Bay and ate a snack and then caught another bus 22 to Sea life Park. ( about another 20 minutes).

We drove past the trailhead for the lighthouse walk but the bus doesn't stop anywhere but the end point so I had to walk back along the busy road to get back up the hill. There wasn't a footpath so was a bit scary with cars driving around tight bends right next to you. The beach was beautiful with a couple of dry barren islands off shore. Above the beach was steep towering lush cliffs. This island is an absolute paradise!

This next walk was again out in the open with no shade but came out on cliff tops. I was hoping to see some whales as it is the right time of year to see them but didn't see any.

The Makapu'u Lighthouse walk took 2 hour walk 2.2 mile round trip walk. You couldn't get to the lighthouse but ends up looking down on to it. The views were again incredible and I passed some time watching hang gliders circling in front of the cliffs

I walked back to Sea lIfe Park and caught the #23 bus back - which took over an hour. Once back I headed to the beach front front to watch the sunset and enjoy a cocktail in front of Ala Moana Surfrider Hotel before heading to PF Changs for dinner to have my favourite chicken lettuce wraps. Flying home tomorrow morning

Looking to the top of Koko Crater

Looking to the top of Koko Crater


Only 1100 more steps to go!

Only 1100 more steps to go!


The beginning wasn't too bad

The beginning wasn't too bad


Uneven steps

Uneven steps


Someone crawling over the bridge

Someone crawling over the bridge


Yep this felt as steep as it looked!

Yep this felt as steep as it looked!


Looking back - people resting

Looking back - people resting


Up the top!

Up the top!


Crater rim

Crater rim


Looking north

Looking north


Looking south

Looking south


Hanuma Bay

Hanuma Bay


Bit flushed

Bit flushed


Hanuma Bay behind me

Hanuma Bay behind me


The last bit of the trail

The last bit of the trail


Downhill now

Downhill now


Big steps

Big steps


Yep steep

Yep steep


Heading down

Heading down


Getting their breath back

Getting their breath back


The scary bridge

The scary bridge


Crawling over it!

Crawling over it!


Finished!!

Finished!!


Side view of the walk

Side view of the walk


Snorkelling paradise

Snorkelling paradise


koko Crater

koko Crater


Beautiful Hanuma Bay

Beautiful Hanuma Bay


Entrance of Hanuma Bay

Entrance of Hanuma Bay


Hanuma By  - where I got off the bus

Hanuma By - where I got off the bus


Makapu Beach

Makapu Beach


Walking up to the trailhead

Walking up to the trailhead


Islands

Islands


Paradise

Paradise


Start of Lighthouse trail

Start of Lighthouse trail


The trail

The trail


Coastal views

Coastal views


Stunning

Stunning


Islands

Islands


Stunning

Stunning


Lighthouse

Lighthouse


Hang gliders

Hang gliders


Wow what can you say

Wow what can you say


Rocky islands

Rocky islands


Hangliders

Hangliders


People in rock pools below

People in rock pools below


Rockpools

Rockpools


Waikiki sunset

Waikiki sunset


Looking south to Koko Crater

Looking south to Koko Crater


Sheraton infinity pool

Sheraton infinity pool


My favourite time of day

My favourite time of day


Sheraton Hotel

Sheraton Hotel


Going

Going


Going

Going


Nearly gone

Nearly gone


Goodbye

Goodbye


Flying out

Flying out


See you next year Waikiki

See you next year Waikiki


Diamond Head

Diamond Head


Hanuma Bay

Hanuma Bay

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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