After our descent into Darkness along the Wailua River, Kelly and I packed up our camp at Anini Beach and headed clockwise around the island toward Polihale State Park. Polihale offers some of the more remote camping on the island, as it is not particularly accessible. To get there, Kelly had to maneuver the Avenger down a bumpy dirt road, only one lane wide at times, over the same firm, slick ‘Hawaiian Ice’ which we encountered on our mountain biking excursions. After around an hour of wrangling our way down this trail (during which time we were passed by a number of 4x4s and notably no passenger cars) we arrived at the state park.
Our next mission would take us up the Wailua River by kayak. We rented the boats at Wailua Kayak and Canoe, immediately adjacent to the river. We reserved two kayaks for the morning. I casually inquired as to the repercussions of not arriving back with the kayaks promptly at noon. The guys manning the rental equipment noted that no one was lined up to go out after us, and simply advised me not to get carried away. He warned us that it was mud season. We thanked him, stowed our gear, and headed down the street toward the river. At 7 AM, it was difficult to tell if the cool haze was simply the ambient moisture rising from the warming land, or if it truly threatened to rain. Hoping for the best, we jumped into our boats and headed off upriver to find out what lay in store for us.
For our third outing we had planned to travel inland to scope out some of the more obscure hiking on the island. According to our guide book, the access road, a 4WD road, was usually accessible via the average highway car, as long as the weather was cooperative. We followed the winding mountain road into the jungle toward the center of the island until we encountered a rutted Jeep trail which looked like it would probably have swallowed my Xterra whole. The Dodge Avenger was not up to the challenge.
This past February Kelly and I absconded to the Islands of Hawaii in search of some unseasonable adventures. Some hiking, biking, kayaking, diving and camping in the warmth of the mid-winter North Pacific, we thought, would add some refreshing variety to the our difficult winter.