08 March 2015

Ka'au Crater

On our latest Hawaii hiking adventure we ventured out with two of our good friends out here and their little puppy, Koa. We wanted to do a longer hike and Randon and Myria had already conquered Ka'au Crater and recommended it for a fun day out! Since they were bringing their pup it only made sense for us to try and bring Stella along.

It was such a fun and muddy day.  You have a bit of a hike to get to the first waterfall and then you climb. . and get to the bottom of another set of falls. . There you just casually climb up the side of a few waterfalls to get to the top of the crater. We had planned on hiking the ridge around the crater, but after getting over the waterfall Stella was out for the count.

Poor Stella struggled on a few parts of the hike -- but she was a trooper! For being our go getter with enough energy to be an energizer bunny, when she saw she had to go down a steep portion Stella not only froze but started crying and we were stuck.  It took quite a bit of pulling, pushing, and handing her up and down but Stella made it like a champ. Albeit she may have looked at us like we were crazy a few times and we're pretty sure she came home telling Eevah she almost died.

We'll definitely be going back again in the future to do the loop, but we wouldn't necessarily recommend bringing a bigger dog. Koa had a much better time of it as she was able to maneuver small spaces and easily be picked up when needed. . but it sure is possible!

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