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Waimea Cyn - Lonomea via Kukui and Koaie, HI
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Waimea Cyn - Lonomea via Kukui and Koaie, HI 
Waimea Cyn - Lonomea via Kukui and Koaie, HI
 
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2016
John9L
Hiking12.39 Miles 3,502 AEG
Hiking12.39 Miles
3,502 ft AEG
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Our original plan was to do an overnighter but we decided to day hike and I'm glad we did. We camped the previous night on the coast at Salt Pond Park. We were awoken by roosters at 3am! I was sleep deprived and it was a hot and sunny day.

We began hiking late in the morning and started the steep descent. The trail plunges over two thousand feet at just over two miles. It was nice wearing a relatively light day pack. We took our time as we followed an excellent trail down to the canyon bottom. Once there we checked out the Weimea River. There was a light flow going. From there we headed up canyon. Our plan was to hike into a side canyon roughly four more miles.

The first mile was along the river on an old road. You can tell ATV and All Terrain vehicles have been through here. This is a very popular hunting area. It was easy going and we then turned off on the side canyon along a single track trail. The going was still easy as we slowly gained elevation. We continued on and reached the third of four designated camp areas. They include a shelter and a bathroom. Claire was dragging from the lack of sleep and decided to hang out while Chumley and I continued the last 1.5 miles to our planned turnaround.

Chumley and I continued on and made good time to the final camp location. It was sad to see a lot of garbage in this area. The hunters have their way here. We passed the camp and went over to Koai'e Stream. There were a few small waterfalls and some pools. This would have been a fun spot to spend a few hours. We had a look around and Chumley jumped in for a quick dip. I started the return and took my lunch once I returned to Claire.

After lunch the three of us started our return. We flew back to Waimea River and started the climb soon after. The climb took some time as we slowly worked our way up. The sun was low and temps were pleasant. This helped with the climb. We eventually topped out and then headed farther north where we car camped in the Koke'e State Park.

This was a nice hike. I'm glad we day hiked but backpacking would have been fun too. Weimea Canyon is a stunning canyon whether your hiking up top or down in it.
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