Although my goal is to hike 10 unique trails in Hawaii for my 101 in 1001 list, I somehow always end up returning to Makapu'u. Yes, I know, I know. I said I would hike other trails, but Makapu'u somehow calls my name and I end up returning, over and over again.
During the week, I went back to Makapu'u - again. It has been the third time I have returned since the semester. The last time, I jogged up Makapu'u to increase my running stamina, but this time I only strolled since I had a backpack with me. My two friends, K and V went on the hike with me. V is from Indonesia and it was her first time hiking Makapu'u, so we stopped to take many photos.
I thought Makapu'u would be great for her because it is not a tough hike. It is like walking on a road with an incline.
Of course, this hike can be made more challenging, if you go up the ridge of the mountain like I did several years ago. But I would not recommend it. The road path is just fine!
At Makapu'u, I always encounter something new and unexpected. I guess that is one reason I also love to be outdoors. You never know what you will encounter. You might be wondering, "What was so different about this hike?" Well, I had a chance to see whales! Not just one whale, but several!
It was amazing and beautiful to see the whales. I only wish I could have captured it on film. But those whales are far too fast, or should I say too slow? It takes forever for whales to appear, but when you finally see one, they quickly disappear.
Although I did not get a chance to capture whales on film (yet), I still saw an incredible view! It is the main reason why I continue to return to the area. If I lived closer, I would be here all the time.
I also saw several men on gliders while at Makapu'u. I do not know if I would ever try gliding, but it was amazing how close they were to the ridge and how they could glide perfectly into the sky without anything other than the wind.
Makapu'u is a great hike, especially for beginners. It is easy and does not take much effort. If you are trying to get into shape and want to include more hiking into your fitness regime, why not start with Makapu'u?