Hiking Oahu--Kaipaupau Bunkers

January 19, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Like most every Sunday, I'm hiking with a great group of Oahu Hikers today.

Today we're off to the Hauula or as I like to call it, the east side of the north shore.  My first time that high on this side.  
 

Let me tell you all about it.....fewer words, more images.

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Had to hurry and get a shot with me up front.  Yeah, this was 2 minutes into the hike.  About as long as I could keep up with the leaders :D.

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As the incline got greater, it would appear as if I got further ahead of the pack.  Oh the joys of a wide angle.  Not the case at all though :-).

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As I try to breathe and retreat to the back, the pressure to keep up is off.  The reward is time and patience for beautiful images.

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Looks worse than it was.  Very clean and well-maintained trail.  

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Kinda like bigfoot, images of this hiking beast are rare.  Have to get em when he's not looking.

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Finally caught the pack.  I'm about to die and they're ready to go.

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Next to the hiking beast is the ever-elusive Khym tree.  You can see the orange blossom to the left.

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Steady uphill most of the way.

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Trying to figure out the quickest way to get from me to him.

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Like us, the sun on its way up.

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A view of the other side.  Koloa gulch is over there.  Remember that one?

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Windmills in the distance

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Simply breathtaking views of the less populated side of the north shore.

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This the high point and you can see some have headed down toward the bunkers.  That's probably Khym's orange shirt.

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Love the look of the waves from elevation.

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Inside bunker #1.  Few remnants from WWII.

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I guess you would call this bunker #2 as it's kind of a double-decker, with one on top of the other.

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Frontal view

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Back door of #3.  This tent either being hung up to dry or a simple message to keep out.  Although I did not go in, the inside of this one was very clean.  I got the feeling someone called it home.

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Chris clearing the land of any and all drama.

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It's kind of cool when a photographer has a group of models to hike with.  This one should get K and I in a magazine :-).

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Fooled Khym into looking at the camera.

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On top of the world!

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Naomi enjoying a little rest and relaxation, enjoying the view.

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Me seeing Bill, seeing me, seeing Bill.....you get the idea.

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Another model.....life is good :-).

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Jane, yet another model, lending her beauty to the beauty that surrouds us.

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On my way back to the bunker, caught a cool view....

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Time to head back.

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Pretty sweet view of the mountains in the background.

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I'm not quite sure how this pic made it to the blog, but I die laughing every time I see it.  Don't ask....cuz I don't know.

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Khym jumping for joy that it's almost lunch time!

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And....pau!  Great hike.  Great group.  I say it every week for a reason.

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Oh and the best pic of the day.  It seems there are super-intelligent people up this way too!  Go STEELERS!!

 

 

FMF (Fat-Man-Factor)(FMF is a difficulty scale from 1-10, from an out of shape, fat, white guy's point of view): 6 Everything in me wants to give this hike an 8, but I won't fool ya.  It's not long enough for an 8, but my legs and lungs didn't enjoy going up.  So, an 8 going up and a 3 coming down....we'll sit at 6.  Seriously though, the views would be worth it if it was twice as long and steep.  

 


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