Ascent of Mokolii Island on 2013-12-05

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Bryan Behm
Laura Wegemann
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, December 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mokolii Island
    Elevation:206 ft / 62 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a late lunch at Mike's Kiawe Broiled Huli Huli Chicken in Kahaluu, we headed for Kualoa Park for some snorkeling and my sneaky attempt at another bonus bump for the day. Kualo Park served as an airfield during World War II, stretching across the highway and necessitating closure of the road when planes landed. Kind of interesting. To head to Chinaman's Hat, park anywhere, but the closer to the end of the point, the better. Another parking lot change into swimsuits followed our arrival and we hopped into the ocean, still covered in mud from our earlier ascent of Konahuanui. The water was refreshing, especially where we had suffered minor scratches from the brush on Konahuanui. Ahhh.... I was forced to hide the car keys for our swim across as it was one of those stupid clickers with a retractable key that cannot be separated from the electronic portion. What kind of car rental place in Hawaii gives you keys to a car that can't be taken into the ocean?! I made sure that nobody could see me when I found a good bush to bury them under. There is a lot of petty theft in Oahu and I didn't want to be a typical haole victim.

As we put our snorkels and fins on, I suggested to Bryan and Laura that we head to the nearby island, so that we could be kings and queen of our own Hawaiian island for a few minutes. It is an incredibly shallow reef all the way out there, though I believe it was near low tide. We slowly made our way out there, stopping often to check out the local marine life, spotting at least a dozen varieties of reef fish, sea urchins, and even an eel. Upon arrival at the island, we removed our fins and masks, and I suggested heading to the top of the island. I had already heard the beta for this island from Ken who has been out here a few times since he moved to Hawaii. We walked up the trail, which heads right from the arrival point on the island. The arrival point is the corner of the island closest to Kualoa point. You can see the trail cutting up and right as you swim out there. The trail gets rocky near the top and requires a few easy climbing moves to get up, especially with wet reef shoes on. Not a big deal at all, tons of people have done this easy walk. After enjoying the view from the top, we made our way back down to the refreshing waters of the ocean. I had managed to talk my group into a bonus bump and they didn't even realize what I had schemed until we were on the top checking out the USGS benchmarker! We let the incoming tide help us swim back to the mainland. I had no trouble finding the keys buried in the sand, and I only spotted one other beach-goer the whole time we were swimming and hiking. Naturally, they were full of sand, so the key wouldn't pop out - crap. Luckily, Bryan is a dentist and used to operating on small things and was able to get the key out. I kept it out until I turned it into Advantage at the airport later that night. We made another parking lot change of clothes in order to meet Ken for our last dinner on the island, at a fancy (flip flops and t-shirt required) seafood place up at Turtle Bay, before we had one last relaxing after-dinner stroll on the beach 100 yards from his house in Laie.

Sadly, our Oahu trip was at an end, and we needed to have the rental car back by 10pm and be back on the ship by midnight. Also, no gps track for this ascent, as my gps doesn't need to take a swim in the ocean.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:206 ft / 62 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:206 ft / 62 m
    Route:Swimming from Kualoa
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics

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