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Kealia to Kuaokala Trail (Dillingham)

1069838_10203114196725441_779795658_nKealia to Kuaokala Trail, AKA Dillingham. This is a pretty easy hike- depending how far you go. Most stop at the picnic table and turn around. We continued to Access Road and to Kuaokala Trail. If you do just Kealia, it’s kid friendly. Not too hard, but it does gradually incline. The hills are steeper if you continue on.

Directions: Drive towards Dillingham Air Field. You will see the Skydiving buildings on the left. Take the 3rd entrance/last entrance at the end of the air field. There is a trail sign. Drive maybe 1/4 mile and park in the parking lot to the left.  This is the view from the parking lot.

Parking lot- trail is across the street.

Parking lot- trail is across the street.

After you park, cross the street and continue into the wide open area and follow the road to the left. The first time there was an old car and plane, but they were gone the second time I went.

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The trail has 19 switchbacks. Kealia ends at the picnic table.  It took us about 30 minutes to get there, but we were going a steady pace, but not running. After that we continued to Access Road. This is where you get your workout in. We sprinted some of the hills for an extra workout. The pic doesn’t show really how steep the hills are, but they are!

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And yes, it’s a pig hunting area……

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Stay on the road and follow the Kuaokala signs. There’s one fork that isn’t mark, take the one to the right that goes up and it will come to a dead end. Look to the right and you will see where the trail continues. It’s now a trail and not a road.

The trail that keeps going to Kuaokala.

The trail that keeps going to Kuaokala.

It seems never ending, but keep going and you will come to a pretty cool looking rock structure. Great photo opp!

We kept going past the rocks. You’ll start seeing mores signs that go towards Kealia and to Kuaokala. We kept going until we came down and found a road. It does loop, but it was raining so we turned around.

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For some reason, both times it rained! If you decide to continue on, bring a lot of water and snacks! It’s tiring-especially if you decide to run it! It took us about 4 hours. But to Kealia, plan for maybe about 1.5 – 2 hours.

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Hamama Falls, Waihe’e Valley

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This is a beautiful waterfall in Kaneohe. Even though many hike this trail, it is not considered legal. So I am not telling you to hike this. Enter at your risk! It’s a kid friendly hike and I heard Lost was filmed in parts of this….I didn’t really watch the show so I have no idea…

Directions: If coming from the Pali Highway or Likelike, go towards the Valley of the Temples. Pass Kamehameha Hwy and Kahekili intersection  and turn left  on Waihe’e Rd. At the end of the road is a gate. This is the beginning of the trail. Find parking in the neighborhood, but of course make sure not to block anyone’s driveway or mailbox. At the gate, you will have to go around the Keep Out sign. This land belongs to the Board of Hawaii Water Supply so yes, they can fine you for trespassing!

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The trail is a dirt road road. It’s fairly flat all the way until you get past the oven grassy area.

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We stopped for pictures. After this area, it does incline, but you are still on a dirt road. Some brought strollers. . The cheap umbrella stroller we had wasn’t working too well over the gravel, but the other girl with a larger stroller had no problem. You will keep going up and start to hear the falls on your right. There are pipes in front of the falls which you have to go in front of to get a good pic…or photoshop them out;)

It’s about 3 miles and takes maybe 2 hours depending on the group you go with. This hike can be easily ran if you wanted to.

Lots of bugs so bring bug spray!

Had to Flex

Had to Flex

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11/15/2012