Mountain Hideaway

I know I haven’t been very consistent on the writing front as of late.  However, I can assure you that it has little to do with my lackadaisical ways and everything to do with the fact that I’ve been having a lot of fun – albeit, not all travel related.  And yes, I am still in Hawaii.  A few months ago, I would’ve told you I’d be off somewhere in the Alps or in South America, but I’ve changed my tune and happy that I have.

With winter nearing, there are few places I’d rather be than Hawaii.  The sun shines almost perpetually, the water’s still clear as crystal, and who can complain about surfing in December without a wetsuit?  So while half the globe is starting to layer-up, I’m happy to be stripping down to my bikini.  But aside from hitting the beach, I find there’s no better way to pass the winter days than by hiking.

The Hawaiian Islands are packed with hikes boasting jaw-dropping views and exquisitely lush landscapes, and this becomes evermore true in winter, when rainfall increases drastically.  And so to answer the question that’s inevitably about to leap from the tip of your tongue: yes, hiking in Hawaii can be quite a muddy affair – especially as February rolls around.  But for me, getting dirty is half the fun.  The other half is trying not to fall and slide down the entire trail on my derrière.

A very muddy hike, which happens to be one of my favorites on Oahu,  is about a 5-minute drive from my place in Hawaii Kai.  It’s not a terribly intense hike or even very long, for that matter – 1.5 hours round trip for someone in-shape and wants to take their sweet old time – but it’s a great workout and a quick escape into solitude.  For those of you who live in the area, you’ll most likely recognize the trail from my photos below.

The best thing about it, though, is that it’s not in any of the guide books, so the trail isn’t overrun with people.  And out of respect for everyone in the neighborhood, I won’t post directions or the name of the hike here for the whole world to see.   But since this is a travel site, I won’t completely withhold the information.  If you’re genuinely interested, email me for details:

Happy hiking!



Red Dirt Country



Waimanalo and the Mokulua Islands in the Distance



Regal as a Crown



Overlooking Waimanalo



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