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I love the legends in Hawaii... the tales are interesting to the young and old. Today's site of adventure was close to home and not short of a story...
Pu’u O Hulu is located in Maili on the Waianae Coast (20 minutes from home). Maili itself lies between Pu’u o Hulu and Pu’u O Ma’iliili. The legend goes that Pu’u O Hulu used to be a chief that was in love with Ma’iliili. Ma’iliili, however, had a twin sister and the chief could not tell the two apart. A mo’o (powerful lizard or dragon spirits that are said to inhabit waterfalls, fishponds, and the ocean) is said to have turned them all into mountains, with Pu’u O Hulu being the chief looking over the two twin sisters, Pu’u O Mailiili, forever trying to figure out who which of the two is his true love.
Today, Pu'u o Hulu contains one of the largest World War 2 bunker complexes on the leeward short of O'ahu. Five separate concrete gun emplacements (pillboxes) still stand a longely vigil. The foundation of a barracks, scattered chunks of wood and metal, and a rusted cable car terminal are all that remain of once extensive support structures.
The other awesome thing about Hawaii is everything is truly local... like the directions to this trail head. "Turn left on Kaukama Road and count 10 street lamps". How perfectly accurate... we found it!
This trail was definitely less traveled than Diamond head and due to recent rain was largely overgrown in areas. Poor Isla really had to "bush wack" in areas as the grass was well over her head for the first third of the hike. This hike was 1.2 miles and had steep inclines and drop offs in areas. The kids did great and chatted the whole way up.
To say the view at the top was breathtaking is definitely an understatement. I would LOVE to do this hike at sunset...
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