Chase, Lei, and Daniel joined me for the walk from the Makapu'u lookout to Waimanalo town. One car was parked at the lookout, and one car was parked at the intersection of Huli and Niniki Street in Waimanalo. The hike is four miles one-way. There's no way I was going to do what I did last time with Basil: we walked to the ironwoods before the summit ridge swung left and returned the same way we hiked in.
Chase, Lei, and Daniel didn't get to see the full danger that exists on this hike. The massive drops just before the ironwood grove were masked by the thick, misty clouds we were trekking in. But my curiousity aimed towards the steep Tom Tom trail that descends into Waimanalo, for I've heard that there are some crazy sections.
Because of the cloud cover, it was hard to see the inherent danger that existed along the Tom Tom trail. Plus, I didn't really care at that point because we all just wanted to get off the mountain sooner than not. Suprisingly, The Tom Tom trail has a few big climbs. Several powerline poles are passed, and then the real descent begins past a pole that is sprayed with graffiti. In general, the Tom Tom trail descent is not as bad as I thought. I've been on steeper: Wailupe, Waianae Kai, Kalauao. Daniel agreed that we would have to do the hike again because the view along the Tom Tom didn't happen on this day. The pictures and video didn't come out to our liking because of the cloud cover. I did get good pictures the last time I did it. You can check it out by clicking here.