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Daily: Thursday morning hike

Sometimes I get moody about life — I think it’s something that just happens to the best of us. At the time, the only thing that made sense to me was to get to the top of a mountain. And think. So I made plans to do that.

Today I woke up at 6 a.m., ready to climb Hawaii Kai’s all-natural stair master: Koko Head.

Can somebody build me a zip-line to get down?

Can somebody build me a zip-line to get down?

My friend Sachi came with me. I’ve known her since high school and she just recently moved back home from Seattle — so I’m always happy to spend some much needed quality time with her here on the island again.

If you’re looking for an adventurous hike that takes you through forests or to waterfalls, this is not the one for you. Koko Head is strictly a set of very steep stairs leading to a view — and a great work out!

Why would anyone do this to themselves — participate willingly in such torture? Well, to tell you the truth, it’s fun. Sachi and I got up the mountain the fastest we can remember ever doing it (between 30 – 40 minutes) — and that’s with a break to get away from a crowd of morning hikers.

Once we got to the top we just took in the scene. And stopped to eat some tangerines. There’s something so primal about that, and I love it.

Sachi and I at the top of Koko Head.

Sachi and I at the top of Koko Head.

There’s nothing like being on top of a huge mountain to put things in perspective, and there’s nothing more like real work than pushing yourself to climb higher and faster. Hiking just clears my head, and at the end you’ve got this beautiful reward.

If you want something, do it. If you feel stifled, create something with your own hands. And if all else fails — climb a mountain and see what you can figure out on the way.

I’ll definitely be back to the top of this hike again, and soon. Make sure to be on the look out for my full report with even more pictures of the Koko Head hike! In the meanwhile, you can see some of my other hiking reviews here.

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