Taking this left junction brings you to the Crouching Lion rock feature which can be seen in the left side of the picture.
Crouching Lion Loop - February 26, 2009
Basil and I did a short little loop hike to the Crouching Lion in Ka'a'awa today. The short jaunt followed the beginning of the Pu'u Manamana trail, eventually turning left off of the Manamana trail halfway up the ridge. Althought the hike was short, there were some scary spots around the Crouching Lion. The drops were vertical and not for those who are scared of heights. From the Crouching Lion we followed the trail to another lower peak towards the ocean. The wind was consistently strong, and I didn't break much of a sweat for the hour-and-a-half we were on the trail. To make the hike a loop, we took a steep trail that descended to Ma'akua Village. Once we reached Ma'akua Village, we walked back about a half-mile to our car parked at the Kahana Valley bus stop. The hike is great for a short outing with someone visiting from elsewhere, for the trail probably totals only a mile. Plus, there are nice views to take in with a camera.