Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hiking in Waimea Canyon

One day we took a drive up the road on the side of Waimea Canyon to do a hike and see the scenery. We first started out hiking on the Kukui trail, rated "easy," but turning out to be anything but.

We started out through the trees, where some seemed to be leaking sap. Hope they don't bleed out.

The trail soon got really steep - not my favorite. Barbara slid down this stretch on her butt.

While I slid down on my shoes, kind of like I was skiing.

At the bottom of that hill was a bad omen... There are living wild goats on the island, but I have yet to see one.

Looking back at my ski tracks.

I was worried someone else might fall because of my tracks, but fortunately, a horse and a mule came by and roughed them up again.

The scenery was spectacular, if you could take your eyes off your feet. We didn't go much farther, and on our way back got a recommendation from another hiker for the Canyon Hike up the road.

It looked pretty good, and we saw people over on the ridge to the left, so off we went.

Unfortunately, that involved climbing down to the bottom of the valley, up again, down again, and up again. So we went to an overlook on the trail and gave up.

From there we went to the end of the road for a view of the Napali Coast.

Just gorgeous!

We could also see the wettest spot on earth, Wai'ale'ale.

We stopped at a final viewpoint, where we could see a waterfall in the distance. By this time it was getting cloudy.

On the way back down the road, we stopped for a great view of the waterfall.

And one last look up the canyon.


  1. Gorgeous photos. The last three look more like paintings than photographs.

  2. It looks so beautiful there, we want to go.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  3. Skiing in the Hawaiian dirt. Who'd a thunk it? :c)

  4. I think the horse and mule would be a much better way to see those beautiful sights. Merry Christmas to you and Phil.

  5. Gorgeous scenery! Any one of your pics could make a lovely jigsaw puzzle.

  6. Gorgeous is an understatement for your photos. Thanks for getting out there so we could all see it. Hiking poles would have helped no doubt on those ski slope trails. I'm amazed at that red sap.


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