Koko Head Crater; The Adventure

So I realize I’m really delayed in writing this story. But when I was in Hawaii in May, I took on a fitness challenge.

Koko Head Crater is over 600 feet tall and the trail (lovingly known as the Koko Head Stairs) is 1076 stairs in a straight line up the side of the mountain.

So when a local told me about Koko Head, I knew I had to do it.

Now, I’ve climbed a lot of things. That sounds weird, but I’ve kind of become known for climbing on top of many a sculpture, statue, tree and rock hill to get and/or create the perfect photo opportunity. When I lived abroad, I climbed no less than probably 10 different bell towers, domes, castles and mountains in central and southern Italy.

But this story isn’t about Italy, though I could talk about that for hours.

This story is about Koko Head.

On our last day in Hawaii, I convinced my dad to climb the infamous Koko Head Crater with me. So early that morning, we got on a city bus and headed for the mountain ranges.

About 30 minutes later, we found ourselves at the foot Koko Head, slowly beginning one of the toughest climbs I’ve done (so far). This included being lapped by the natives using the mountain to train.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Needless to say, the hike was intense. It took me around an hour and half to climb the steps, which, of course, increased in steepness the closer you got to the top.

(Because of this incline, it also took me a solid 45 minutes to climb down.)

But the view was totally worth it.ย 

And I felt so amazing afterwards. It was easily the biggest and best adrenaline rush I’ve had in a long time.

Definitely worth it.

Oh! And I ended up in the Honolulu newspaper in picture form during the hike! Here’s the link to the article.

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