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Michael Johnson reviewed Wailau Trail
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HikingMuddyOver grownScramble

This is a very challenging but rewarding trail. Incredible views looking back on Maui and rewarded by stunning view of Wailau valley at the top. Difficult to see trail at times, very steep, and very muddy at the top. Did need to use the all trails GPS to get back to marked trail twice. Many birds, flowers and serenaded by the grunts and squeals of wild pigs along the way. My Garmin showed 7.3 miles round trip so consider taking extra water and snacks.

Gautam Gulvady reviewed Moaula Falls [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
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HikingPrivate property

Excellent experience: Greg gives you a rich cultural experience, sharing the Molokai and Hawaiian traditions, he's chilled out and the Falls are fabulous, great swimming!

Andrew Oliver reviewed Moomomi Sand Dunes
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First to Review

couldnt get there without 4WD.

Ioana Mihaila reviewed Wailau Trail
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Over grown

Trail is marked by tape, more frequently after you get past the first hill from the heiau. However, the tape is easy to miss, since some of it is discolored. If you lose the markers, it's worth stopping and looking for them. Keep in mind the trail never strays too far from the ridge line. Ran into several feral pigs. If the weather had been nicer, I would have gone to the ridge.

Deborah Vogt reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Hiking

Kalaupapa Trail Slated to Reopen by Year End The process of constructing and installing a bridge to one of the most remote and logistically inaccessible locations in Hawaii is no easy task. But the Kalaupapa National Historical Park Service is slated to begin the process of rebuilding the bridge on switchback three of the famed Kalaupapa pali trail in October that was wiped out by a landslide last December. The federal government was shutdown at the time the bridge damage was discovered by a postal worker hiking down the trail at the end of last year. No work could be done until the government reopened in late January, explained park superintendent Erika Stein Espaniola. “We then secured the fallen bridge in place so it wouldn’t cause further damage,” Espaniola said of the structure that was completely demolished by the landslide. “We also did an overall assessment of work that would need to be done. We’ve been doing some rock scaling and vegetation removal to get rid of the loose material near the bridge site.” Starting in May, crews worked to remove the broken bridge, which “alone was quite an operation,” according to Espaniola. “We had personnel tied in with ropes and a chainsaw to cut the old bridge into smaller pieces and pulled back onto the trail with ropes,” she said. “Then our hardworking crew hauled out the bridge pieces themselves and hiked it off the trail! As you can imagine, along the way we’ve also needed to complete compliance and build in safety protocols and plans for all this work.” Removal of the old bridge cost about $50,000, while the new bridge’s budget is estimated at about $200,000, according to Espaniola. Meanwhile, she said, the park’s engineer has been working to line up a contractor to fabricate and install a new bridge. “We anticipate that the contractor will start building the bridge in October and we aim for it to be completed by the end of the calendar year.” During this time, the only access to the settlement has been by plane for workers and visitors alike. The famed Molokai mule rides have not been able to operate, though the company still offers bus tours of Kalaupapa. The project is a replacement that will be similar to the former bridge, which had been 65 feet long and built from high-grade aluminum. That structure had been built following another mudslide that wiped out the previous bridge in the same location in April of 2010. Espaniola said the engineers have told them it’s simply not possible to build a bridge that can withstand a large landslide, but “it’s not uncommon to see rocks on it” that fall frequently from the cliffside above it. She acknowledged the difficultly of the location but said it’s just part of the job. “Access is already so limited into the park so as challenging as it is, it was never a discussion that [rebuilding the bridge] is not going to be done,” she said. Though park staff has encountered a number of challenges along the way in the bridge planning and rebuilding effort, Espaniola said the trail is slated to reopen by the end of this year.

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Hiking

Easy walk with beautiful views at lookout

Pierre Luc Laramee reviewed Wailau Trail
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Hiking

L’entrée est difficile à trouver. Ce stationner près du pont et passer à côté de la barrière à pied. Prendre le chemin et Suivre les indications pour le temple sacré.. passer à côté à droite et monter la montagne. Hicking quand même difficile mais la vue en vaut la peine. Pantalon et chandail est une bonne idée Vous serez dépaysé

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Easy walk, slight incline, and since the trail to Kaluapapa was closed this was the best view of the coast. The rock was aptly named.

Cassidy Cisneros reviewed Moaula Falls [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
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Hiking

Must call ahead and get a guide. We met the land owner on his day off and had to turn around due to flash flood warning. He he was very kind and understanding. Definitely will try again next time we are on island.

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Troy Broddrick reviewed Pepe'opae Bog Trail
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Hiking

Plan on getting wet and be sure if your footing as it can get narrow and slippery. An amazing experience!

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HikingOff trail
Audrey Inman reviewed Moaula Falls [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
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Hiking

Definitely worth the hike! If you can’t get a guide any of the land owners can sign a waiver for you to be on the property. The trail is not very challenging, but well worth the trouble in the end! Beautiful!

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Bart de Baar reviewed Moaula Falls [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
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Hiking

Trail is private, just pay (its not that much) for a guided hike. Every morning at 09:00 (except sunday). Amazing hike and you will learn so much about the Hawaiian culture and history

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M. Cresswin reviewed Moaula Falls [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
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Hiking

Amazing cultural hike! A must do when on Molokai. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Hiking sandals are your best bet.

Takara Dingley reviewed Pepe'opae Bog Trail
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HikingMuddy
Melissa Barkus reviewed Moaula Falls [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
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Hiking

Amazing hike! Amazing family! We most definitely recommend this!! Be prepared to hike through a river and then pass again over slippery rocks as you get closer to the falls.

Carolyn Thompson reviewed Wailau Trail
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownPrivate propertyRockyScramble
First to Review

This was by far the most off the beaten path hike I’ve ever done!! It was epic and worth it but would have been more fun had we known: wear long pants and sleeves - the bush whacking is frequent and the undergrowth is pokey- having your arms and legs scraped relentlessly gets old. Other than that pack lots of food/water and be prepared for a challenging scramble to start and breathtaking views!

Darcy Muellhaupt Dillon reviewed Ili'ili'opae Heiaui via Wailau Trail
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Hiking
First to Review

Short walk to a sacred spot. Goes through some pretty jungle and very melodic birds.

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Susanne Rector reviewed Phallic Rock and Kaulaupapa Lookout
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Hiking
First to Review

Easy walk to incredible views overlooking Kaulupapa peninsula

Bengt Ivarsson reviewed Pepe'opae Bog Trail
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Running

Typically accessed from Homelani Cemetery, but entrance gate to Bog Trail is approx 12 miles in from Cemetery. The Bog Trail is almost exactly 1.0mi in length and ends in a look-out. The Bog Trail winds through a misty and moisture-laden swamp, which is a feast of interesting multiple types of ferns (eg fiddle ferns) and entirely moss-clad trees/branches. Multiple Oha’i trees are found on the trail. In middle of mile-long trail is an open plateau with different plant life. Entire path is planked, but wet (expect to get shoewear soaked). Its certainly an interesting walk, worth the trip up. If you like the flora and experience, you’ll like Akala’i Swamp Trail on Kauai, which is the highest swamp in the US, and has similarities. First time I tried to reach the Bog Trail I ran up from the Homelani Cemetery, passed the Waikolu Lookout, entered the Kamakou Preserve but had to turn around at 11mi in due to hydration concerns. On advice from a local resident was told to consider a trailhead on Rt 450 across from One Ali’i Park II , just east of Kaunekakai. There is a gate there, but you can climb thru the pedestrian entry on left of gate. This entire access to the Bog Trail measured 7.2mi each direction, so my R/T was 16.4mi when including the Bog Trail itself ... a very significant reduction in distance to the Bog Trail gate. However, the first 3.0mi up from the trailhead had average grade of 11%, which I walked 2/3s of. After entering treeline, you’ll hike/run thru conifer forest, staying on main forest trail (avoid smaller offshoots) and pass a DLNR weather station on your right. Then, trail which has been heading north suddenly veers east and eventually joins the Molekai (actually Kamakou) Preserve Road onto which you turn right. Be aware that this alternative access to the Bog Trail is a strenuous one, taking 6;00hrs R/T with significant parts of it at running pace, that tested my endurance as much as the 22mi run from the Homelani Cemetery the week before. The fact that there is often drizzle, mist, and cool temps allow you to control sweating, fluid loss at/near Bog Trail. Do take windbreaker. The run back is entirely runnable but steep, so if knees are an issue you may have to walk parts. A concern with this trail is its remoteness, which is actually part of its allure, limiting the number of us who can enjoy its beauty and novelty.

Mariah Caid-Loos reviewed Pepe'opae Bog Trail
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Hiking
First to Review

Road closed to hike so couldn’t do it

Bengt Ivarsson reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Hiking

Closed because of landslide for about two months ... no apparent hurry to fix trail. Land owned by RW Meyer, a former Molokai sugar cane producer. Tour operators impacted. Trail only way to access Kalaupapa peninsula unless you fly or boat in. No roads available because of topographic obstacles in setting high cliffs.

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RunningMuddyRocky

I’ve been visiting several of Hawai’i’s islands this trip, trying to find the best endurance trail run on each island. Moloka’i has less trail running options than Kauai and Maui. IMO, this “trail” is the best Moloka’i outing for a trail runner. I started out at Homolani Cemetery, where the trailhead is and where locals say its safe to leave your car daytime. You don’t need permit for this “trail”, which admittedly is a Jeep trail, rocky/rutty/muddy at times. I did an out/back 22.0 mile run from the Cemetery. The first 4.2mi is entirely runnable, then comes a 1.5mi steeper segment (requiring intermittent walking) up to the gated entry into the Moloka’i Forest Reserve, where hunters have a station where they’re required to register their name, hunting license, vehicle registration, and what game their hunting (boar, deer, etc). I have found these hunter check-in stations valuable, as they let you know who may be present in the reserve (date/time is also required to register). Hunters are NOT supposed to hunt from the trail. Many of the trails on the islands have check-in stations. The day I was there no hunters had registered. From the gated entry into the Reserve I found the trail entirely runnable, given the occasional adjusting of pace, up to the Wailoku Lookout at 9.8mi on my Garmin wristwatch GPS readout. No part of the upward ascent was too technical to prevent running. Although the beginning of the trail was sunny and dry, the Lookout was cool with drizzle and a breeze ... this helped me conserve fluid in my four Amphipod bottles. Next, pending time/hydration/endurance DO continue into the Kamakou Preserve, where the real interesting flora begins: giant ferns, unusual fiddle ferns, Ti plants amidst a very lush jungle setting. The trail head for the Preserve is on road at the Lookout. The Jeep road becomes pretty tough here, even for a Jeep, and it may be better part of valor leaving the 4-wheel drive vehicle at the Lookout and running/hiking the remaining few miles in. The Preserve gets somewhat slippery and a little technical at times, so walking much of the Preserve is not bad idea. I lasted for 1.2mi into the Kamakou Preserve, at which point the flora was getting progressively interesting. I was disappointed not to make it to the Bog walk at the end, but my hydration supply would make that risky, knowing that the last 5 miles on way back down would be sunny/warm. The 11.0mi back down was 100% runnable, certainly from the Lookout down to the Cemetery. Ascent read 3654ft on my Garmin 920XT at the end. Elapsed time: 5:29hours. Pace: 14:58min/mi. Time/pace included picture taking and occasional gawking at flora/birds. I aim to come back, perhaps with 4-wheeler to the Lookout, then to do the last few miles into the Kamakou Preserve to include the Bog trail at end. To do it all with a run from bottom would be close to 30miles R/T, formidable with ascent considered ... but NOT undoable. Best endurance “trail” run on Moloka’i.

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