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Anamolo: Reverse Olomana Peaks 3-1

10341439_10152385314574836_3513073400941742746_nAnamolo is doing Olomana starting from the back of Ahiki- the third peak.  Most people don’t do Olomana this way and it is more difficult and dangerous then starting at peak 1. There is some trail hiking, ridges, rock climbing and lots of ropes.

Directions: This hike starts at Maunawili Demonstration Trail.  It’s in Waimanalo at the end of Waikupanaha Street. There is a small parking area on the right, right by the start. 117Go through the gate and and you will come up to this sign: Take the right.

maunawili-ditch-trail-04This is the tricky part. We attempted this trail a couple months ago. We got lost in the woods and found every color ribbon possible. Eventually we found pink that lead the trail up and found the trail.

This time we walked about 15 minutes and on the path and pay attention to the woods. We took a left into the woods. The trail was noticeable, but not marked with any ribbons. It just kept going up and there was a section of red dirt. Just keep following the trail. In some areas, its hard to see since this is not a very popular. Eventually the trail started going down and we saw pink ribbons. We didn’t like the idea of going down-knowing we needed to go up. So we made our own path up. Eventually it got steeper and you had to hold on to ferns, grass and trees to go up. There were some stakes to hold onto so someone went this way before.

At the top, it was really clear and was great picture op. Of course we took a selfie. This is our crew! 1506788_10201040007921521_3364605175537341937_n

There was a trail and we followed that and it lead to Ahiki.

Almost to the bottom of the third peak.

Almost to the bottom of the third peak.

It’s probably about 2 miles before actually reaching Ahiki. It seemed really long and felt like we were hiking forever. I forgot my GoPro head carrier so I have no pics of the base part. The first rock section was the most difficult. It was all about lifting yourself up and trusting the ropes until you found a place for your feet. Thank goodness there was 1 tree growing in the rocks that was able to assist us.

2nd part of Ahiki

2nd part of Ahiki

The 2nd part was hard too because of footing. There’s a stake holding the blue rope. Once I got close to that, I grabbed it and just pulled myself up. I think that’s where all my bruises came from.


Here’s Craig taking a break on the cliff…..yep the rest of us passed on that. Great pic, but ummm no thank you! 106


more rock climbing...

more rock climbing…

The top of Ahiki

The top of Ahiki

This is the top of Ahiki: the third peak. Don’t let the pic fool you. The ladder was swinging and it’s a big drop off. Every step I took, it shifted, making it harder to step up to the next step.

We made it to the top and continued on to peak two. The keyhole part is where you can either go through or go round…I go around it….10367729_10201039924399433_5913600181965336177_n

Coming up Peak 2

Coming up Peak 2

Then we got to the first peak, which is the best for pics.

Me and my hiking bud Rhona.

Me and my hiking bud Rhona.

The end for us and the beginning for most others.

The end for us and the beginning for most others.

Tips: Not kid friendly. This takes a lot of upper body strength. There’s a lot of spots that if you  fell, you would fall to your death. You must trust the ropes and rocks! Rocks are crumbly in some areas. This to me is an advanced hike and Stairway to Heaven an easy hike.  Bring lots of water- about 2-3 liters and go early before it gets too hot. There’s no shade except going up the 3rd and coming down the 1st peak.

Hike at your own risk and know your level. There’s nothing wrong with turning around like we did the first time we attempted it.


Olomana 3 Peaks


The 3 peaks.

One of my most fun and challenging hikes! This hike consists of three peaks, Olomana, Paku’i, and Ahiki. This is an intermediate hike if you go to the first peak and advanced if you continue on. I think the reviews of all 3 peaks are worse then it really was.

Directions: GPS:  77 Auloa Rd, Kailua. I use navigation for everything so it’s kind of hard otherwise, but take H3, to Kam hwy, turn right, then left at the end of road and turn right at the light, Auloa will be off that road…. When you park, make sure you hide all valuables. There’s a lot of break ins right there.  The parking is maybe 1/4 mile if that from the turn. If you drive and come to the gate, you went to far. You will walk through the gate and the guard will just wave. On the left is the trail.


This is the start of the trail!

It is about 1.5 miles to the first peak, but it’s the highest! The incline is a nice cardio workout! There are a few sections with ropes that are not too bad. Right before you get to the top, you do have to climb a boulder. It’s not as bad as it looks. I used the rope, but have seen people not use it.

Boulder to 1st peak.

Boulder to 1st peak.

After the boulder, you are pretty much at the top. Enjoy the view and take pics! It’s the best peak for pictures!


Climbing up the 1st peak.

Going to the 2nd peak is a little more difficult, but I think if you make it to the first, you can do the 2nd.


Going to the 2nd peak.

There are some spots right towards the 2nd that you do have to be extra careful. There are ropes to help out, but I found in some areas, you don’t need them. You make the call.


Once you get to the 2nd peak is when you really have to decide if you want to continue on. The first time we went with a group of ladies, we turned around. Then I went back with my hubby and a friend and her hubby. To me, the hardest part was going down the 2nd peak. And yes this is where the last incident happened. A person did fall to their death.


Going down the 2nd. Vertical drop…

It is pretty vertical and you do have to use the ropes here. Test them before using it. My hubby went down first which helped so he could help me with my footing.


Check out how straight down it is..

After you get down from here. There are more places to climb rocks and yes if you do make a bad move, you can fall all the way down. You will come to the keyhole.


The Keyhole

Some choose to climb through it and go through the hole. But we did not risk that since there are no ropes there and I hear the rocks can give out. So we went around it.


My friend, Rhona, going around.

1185369_10201969729154467_916191590_nAnd this is what it looks like closer. It is a narrow ledge and a rope to hold on to. And yup more climbing, but once you get to the top of third, it’s a great feeling of accomplishment….but remember you have to come back. Even though some go down the other way. 945370_10201105112019579_360412105_n946693_10201105115979678_1219898810_n247511_10201105106859450_640125570_n

946956_10201945962840324_535343109_nTips: Bring lots of water and snacks! Try to go early because it does get hot!

It is 4-5 miles doing all peaks and back. Takes about 4-6 hours depending on experience, breaks, and pictures.