Photographer's Note

Going back to my Hawaii photos again as I've forgotten to organize and edit the entire gallery from late 2012. And i wanted to show something very different from Hawaii, something unique or at least try to.

If you love hiking, and if you love a challenge...then when you visit Hawaii, you MUST try the KOKO CRATER hike.

This is at the peak after a long haul. It may be only 1.5 miles in length, but its almost a straight UP VERTICAL climb of 1200 feet elevation!

The views at the top are amazing. You have to see it to believe it, I'm so glad we did the hike. People often had to stop and catch their did we. We would take advantage of the time and chat with locals. We were surprised to learn that many locals use this steep hike for training. We even met a few locals who said they hike this crater weekly!! Yikes!

There's also lots of history here.
It was an important Military location during World War II. You always have the advantage if you have height and perspective, so the US had this birds eye view of any enemy ships coming in.

At the top you can still see these gunner pits, and other military infrastructure.

To help the soldiers carry heavy equipment up the steep steep incline of the volcano crater, they used a railway system and tram lines.

I'll post a couple of WS photos too.
And I'm back to using the MAP feature as well, click on MAP VIEW to see the actual Crater of the Volcano on the Satellite view.
Hope you like it.

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