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The Best Hike I Have Ever Been On… Mahalo Hawaii Forest & Trail

As I mentioned earlier, today, I had the great pleasure to be part of an extraordinary group of individuals from the mainland that the Big Island Visitors Bureau has brought for a week of fun and adventure.

Today I got to join the pack on a Hiking Adventure Tour Around the Rim of Waipio Valley that was done by a Big Island Adventure company called Hawaii Forest & Trail.

We gathered at the Waimea Country Club this morning at 9:00.

Where tour guide Rob Pacheco met us promptly and gave us a brief run down of what was going to happen over the next few hours.

We all climbed into a Six-Wheeled PinzTrek and got ready for the ride of a lifetime.

I hung my head out the window risking getting my head getting chopped off to shoot the follow clip of us going down.


After we got to our initial destination, we got out and Tour Guide Rob, gave us water and walking sticks and let us know a little more about what we were doing.

Our tour guide here explains one of the important traditions that one must do before crossing the sacred lands.


And we were off

The first little waterfall and pool that we came across was beautiful

So we stopped there long enough to take pictures of everyone

And of course we had to have a group shot

We pressed on further as we new we were not at the rim of the valley yet.

We came across one of the first openings of the valley almost everyone was impressed vocally.  Unfortunately it was a bit VOGGY today.

As we walked along the rim of the valley there were lots of little scenic spots along the way.

One of the scarier parts of the hike, was when our tour guide offered us a peak directly over the cliff of a waterfall.  I was a bit chicken and was only able to take the following two pictures as my heart was racing as I knew how much of a drop it was.

We continued on and passed a few more waterfalls and stream beds

By this time we were getting hungry and it was just about the perfect time as we ended up at a clearing with some picnic tables and they brought out sandwiches, chips, cookies and sodas to eat.

We got back into the Pinztrek and headed to the final destination which was the lip of the valley.  Unfortunately as mother nature would have… it was a very Voggy Day and visibility wasn’t the greatest.

I lost track of the time, but I would say around 2:00 or so the tour ended and we were brought back to the country club the same way we were brought into the back of the valley.

This was truly the best hike I have ever taken and I’m stoked that I had the opportunity to join such a great group of folks from the mainland.

I’ll be naming them in some upcoming posts… I know that’s what everyone wants to know… is who are they.

You can click on the pictures below for even more pictures:

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22 Responses

  1. Is this open to the public?

  2. HI Damon,

    Wish I were in your group. Love your pictures! I could follow the journey your group took – lovely scenic route. I have a timeshare on the Big Island and love the time I spend there every 2 years.

    Your Big Island Internet Society Meet Ups event sounds wonderful – can anyone join in?

    Have a great day.


    • Aloha Mari,

      Yes the Big Island Internet Society Meet ups are open to anyone. We meet on the second Saturday of each month.

  3. wow, amazing hike. i was recently doing a hike in costa rica which had many similar views, but we unfortunately did not have a bus for any leg of the journey. oh well!

  4. Damon I’m loving your blogs so far! Part of my “to-do” list for today. ;)

  5. Those pictures look beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii.

  6. Nice post. Looks like an amazing hike. My girlfriend and I are currently travelling all around the world and recently completed a beautiful hike in Tsumago in Japan. We also recently did a ten KM hike along the great wall in China. You may be Interested in our blog. http://yearlongbreakup.wordpress.com

    thanks again for the post. Keep them coming.

  7. Damon, I love how you are seeing the island from a tourist’s perspective. And I am amazed that you have never done some of these things before. Keep it up.

  8. Very nice!!!


    • Oh, I forgot this term, ’til I read it here. We’ve visited Hawaiian Islands the last two years in the Fall and we heard “voggy” on this last trip…

      …what is it, “volcano fog?” or something like that?

  9. Excellent pics! It made me feel like I was walking behind you on the trails– and it made me very jealous of your experience. I’ll be looking for future posts from you.

  10. I hate to say it, but my reaction to this post was “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if there was anything like that hike open to the public?” I think at this point that there are no legal or even “they don’t mind” trails to Waipio rim. The two “they don’t mind” trails that I used to know have both clamped down.

    AFAIK, there are no legal trails towards the top of Hualalai or Kohala Mountains. I don’t know if things are better on the East side, but if you live on the West side and you’d like to take a several hour walk away from the road and the lava flats, you’re SOL.

  11. Looks like a fun hike! Earlier this year a friend and I traveled to Kaua’i, and took in Waimea Canyon, and did a great muddy hike through a swamp somewhere above the Waimea lookout area. We too got lots of great photos. Thanks for sharing here! We also did an epic hike along the Na Pali coast on the northern side of Kaua’i, which was different than the swamp hike. The Na Pali hike is all dramatic views, and then a long slog back into the canyon to see a waterfall. Pretty incredible!

  12. Great photos Damon… I am impressed. Thanks for sharing. MW

  13. Nice photos. Our one trip to that area a few years ago was memorable as well.

  14. I think your hand may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome from taking so many wonderful photos. It’s permanently frozen in the symbol for “hang loose.” (This sign is now known primarily among crowds of white Americans clad in white Nike tennis shoes and baseball caps turned backward.) Nice blog, man!

  15. How did all those overweight and pasty Americans make it over those trails? Oh, yes, snacks were waiting at the end.

  16. I’m sure you’ll like Taiwan then. They’ve got great mountains and hot springs and amazing views. : ) I liked the Green Island and the Ali Mountain the best.

  17. Wow! Just beautiful… North Coast Muse @ http://sally1029.wordpress.com

  18. By the way, nice photos and videos – thanks for sharing.

  19. Someday I would like to visit all you Blogger and Twitter friends there on the Big Island. Maybe we can also do a hike like this :)

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