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    Matt the Dinosaur completed Manoa Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur completed Judd Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur added Turtle Bay East

    about 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur reviewed Puu O Hulu

    about 1 year ago

    Located on Oahu’s west side, Puu o Hulu combines all the heat of Ka’ena Point with all the hill and stairs of Kammieland.

    The trail head lifts off from an unmarked point along Kaukama Rd. in Waianae, but you can’t miss it. It’s smooth and partially paved with an aged cobblestone creation which only really persists for about the first hundred feet or so. As you rise higher and higher above the road below you’ll begin to note just how little shade there is to shield you from the blistering Waianae sun. Unlike the Ka’ena Point trail, which is also very exposed, Puu o Hulu doesn’t benefit from the ocean breeze and sea spray of the coastal trail. Instead, the entire trek takes place on an exposed hillside with little to nothing to offer any manner of reprieve from the heat. Without exaggeration, I can say that there are exactly two places on this hillside where you can find shade.

    I’m gonna level with you here, I didn’t finish this trail.

    Whichever sadist marked this trail as “Easy” though, has some serious explaining to do.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike this trail. In fact, I’d love to go back under different circumstances (ie: not almost dying). But all of the factors listed on the Alltrails app here (“easy”-listing, short hike) present a very different mental picture from what you’ll actually encounter once you get there. Simply put, I was not prepared for this trail.

    Read about how this trail nearly killed me here: https://astephengetty.wordpress.com/trail-blog/puu-o-hulu/

    Matt the Dinosaur completed Puu O Hulu

    about 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur added Kaunala Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur completed Kaunala Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur reviewed Aiea Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Due to its centralized location, ease of access, and the happenstance of being situated within the boundaries of one of Oahu’s very few public campgrounds, the Aiea Loop Trail is unarguably one of the most heavily trafficked unpaved trails on the island.

    It’s comfortably long, about five miles, with a fair degree of ups and downs without an over-abundance of either one. If trail running is your thing, this is probably a great trail. It’s wooded, so there’s shade, and as long as you’re nimble of foot and able to avoid the aforementioned roots, it’s largely obstacle free. One gentleman we passed was hiking barefoot.

    Read Full Review: https://astephengetty.wordpress.com/trail-blog/aiea-loop-trail/

    Matt the Dinosaur reviewed Ka'ena Point Trail (from South)

    about 1 year ago

    Numerous internet sources will tell you that the “Ka’ena” in Ka’ena Point means “really hot,” though not a single Hawaiian to English dictionary I’ve found will corroborate that story. That doesn’t, however, disprove the fact that Ka’ena Point is, in fact, hot; really hot.

    With its surf and sand, sun, wildlife, whales, tidepools, history and folklore, Ka’ena Point is, in my opinion, the distilled essence of Oahu’s west side. It is the antithesis to Waikiki and should absolutely be experienced by anyone visiting the island who likes getting away from the city. It’s definitely worth the drive.

    Read Full Review: https://astephengetty.wordpress.com/trail-blog/kaena-point/

    Matt the Dinosaur reviewed Kammieland Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The Kammieland Trail head begins right at the edge of the parking lot at Sunset Beach Elementary. It’s basically a hole chopped in the neighboring trees and shrubbery. This hole is a magical portal. Six steps inside and the rest of the world disappears. If you’re looking for a short, shady day hike and you’re already in the Sharks Cove, Pupukea, Sunset Beach area then go ahead and take half an hour to climb this hill; it really is a beautiful view. It’s not a trail I’d make a special trip for though. The drive out there is simply too long and the trail too short to justify it.

    Read Full Review: https://astephengetty.wordpress.com/trail-blog/kammieland-trail/

    Matt the Dinosaur reviewed Waimano Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The first thing I noticed was the prominently placed “Public Hunting Area” sign. I quickly checked myself to see if I was wearing even a scrap of hunter-orange, an upon determining that I was not, decided that my outfit of drab earth-tones was probably good enough to make me hard to spot, and thus hard to shoot, so I should be alright (don't be like me kids).

    This trail is easily my favorite of those I’ve hiked thus far on Oahu. Other than the occasional tunnel or rock climb, the hike to the bottom of the valley is a nice, cool, family friendly stroll through the woods; and those little adventurous diversions are perfectly placed punctuation in the poem that is Waimano Ridge. It’s scenery and birdsong all the way to the end. That said, I imagine if you get caught in the rain, this trail could become hazardous with little provocation, so keep an eye on the sky as you make your way.

    Oh, also, we did encounter a group of hunters hauling out a large boar carcass; they are out there. Both hunters and boar.

    Read Full Review: https://astephengetty.wordpress.com/trail-blog/waimano-ridge-trail/

    Matt the Dinosaur completed Banyan Tree Route

    about 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur completed Foster Botanical Garden

    about 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur reviewed Foster Botanical Garden

    about 1 year ago

    went to a special event, walked the garden at night. Really cool place.

    Matt the Dinosaur completed Kammieland Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur completed Waimano Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur saved Aiea Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt the Dinosaur completed Aiea Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago