Ascent of Mokolii Island on 2017-06-26

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Laura Newman
Date:Monday, June 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mokolii Island
    Elevation:206 ft / 62 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a classic trip. Not often does one climb an island high point by first swimming out to it!

We talked to a lifeguard before heading out there, and he warned us of especially high "king tides" and said it was further than it looked, suggesting that we use some kind of floatation device. However, I found that the water was very rarely deeper than 5 feet, and I was able to merely walk 85% of the way out to the island and over 90% of the way back. I am relatively tall and most people will have to swim a bit more, of course, but overall it did not seem especially dangerous or difficult.

There are definitely some class-3 moves on the short trail to the summit. I was glad for my closed-toe water sandals, both for the coral on the sea bottom and the rocky trail. Laura did OK in flip-flops. My only injury was a severe sunburn on my back while climbing the pinnacle--I brought sunscreen in a Ziploc bag but should have slathered it on much more thickly.

Still, a fun and unique Hawaiian peakbagging experience. This is a very popular destination for swimmers, boogie boarders, and kayakers.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:211 ft / 64 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:SW Slopes
    Trailhead:Kualoa Regional Park  -5 ft / -1 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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