Koko Crater

the trail up Koko Crater

One of the fun things we did in Hawaii was to hike to the top of Koko Crater.  There are several ways to do this.  One is slightly easier taking several hours, one is realtively short and difficult.  We chose the short one which involves hiking straight up the old supply railway to the bunkers at the top.  From a distance it looks like stairs.  In actuality it is railroad ties.  I decided to see how many there were and picked up a small stone for every 50 steps.  I picked up 20 stones – that means 1000 plus 15 additional plus or minus a few for missing ties and losing count once.

The view looking toward the top and back down to the bottom:

looking uplooking back down

The views from the top were lovely.  Looking one way one can see Koko head and the lovely Hanauma Bay, famous for snorkeling.


Looking out the other way, one can see the inside of the crater and on up the coast.

inside the crater

My little handful of stones:

step counting stonesMy journal sketch:

page from my journal


3 Responses to “Koko Crater”

  1. 1 sue July 25, 2009 at 7:24 am

    It’s just like you to look at those “stairs” and go for the challenge. It looks daunting. But congrats. I hope they had refreshments or a bed at the top…and some oxygen. At least they gave you stunning views for your efforts.

  2. 2 Norma July 25, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Kudos on making that huge climb. I don’t think I could have dome it. YOur sketches again are terrific.

  3. 3 quiltsbycolleen July 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Your sketches are terrific! Guess you aren’t afraid of heights! Keep sketching.

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