On Tuesday Ray had a rare day off so we decided to head up to Koko Head. I didn’t get the memo that it was actually my WOD (workout of the day) from Ray before we got there. I might have chosen different attire. Koko Head is an old tuff cone that is roughly 642 feet high. To get to the top you have to climb 1,048 stairs. These “stairs” are actually railroad ties that are at odd spacings up the face of the tuff. Sixty years ago it was a rail system to get military supplies to the top.
One of the best things about Koko Head and Koko Crater are the old Hawaiian stories. Remember I’ve often admitted to having the mind of a twelve year old boy…or Peter Griffin. Anyway, the story goes that Koko Crater is also known as Kohelepelepe, which means “labia minor” in the Hawaiian language. The name came from an old Hawaiian legend which tells the story of Kapo. She was one of the sisters of the volcano goddess, Pele. Kapa supposedly had a “magical flying vagina” that she could send wherever she wanted. (Don’t we all? [snort]) When the pig god, Kamapua’a tried to rape Pele, Kapo came to her rescue. She decided that she could distract Kamapua’a by throwing her vagina into Koko Head. This is the legend of how the crater was made. I’m sure my mother is so happy that I decided to relay this story… That’s a big crater!
Ray and I made it up those 1,048 stairs one step at a time in 32 minutes. I’m quite certain Ray would have been much faster without the fat heavy breathing woman dragging her way up behind him.
I forgot to take a picture of the infamous bridge. The winds were HIGH on Tuesday. This was by far the scariest part. On the way up…piece of cake. On the way down, I was quite certain I faced imminent death or at least a broken arm from a fall.
The views from the top are nothing short of breathtaking, even on an overcast wintery day. (Yes, I realize that Hawaii winter is 72 and drizzle but still.)
The start of 1,0048 steps…
After I remembered to take a picture on the way down…
And I was blessed to do it with this guy
Step by step…