I took this hike to new dimensions, I went solo with a small backpack. I hiked until I could see surfers in the water at ‘Shacks’, which is next to Pohoiki. As with most of my coastal hikes I had this piece of the coast to myself. This is a beautiful tide pool area at high tide, waves crashing over the lava shoreline, rivers of salt water running across the lava shelf eagerly filling up numerous tide pools. The tide was coming up and I got caught in between tide pools, I ran around until I found a stream of water small enough to jump over and get to higher ground, the worst case scenario would be getting my hiking boots wet, so it wasn’t a fear based adrenalin rush but a fun rush of energy to find the path of the tide pond maze escape route.
In between tide pool shelves were areas of lava rock shoreline, stepping from rock to rock is an exercise in focus which makes for a very meditative hike. The hike went from tide pools to rock clusters, one after the other. I ended the hike after procuring seven coconuts out of a small grove that seemed to be very isolated from public visitation. There was a rock wall at the shoreline that was somewhat historical in nature, someone had spent a lot of time erecting this wall, it was at the mercy of nature now. I have a nylon bag that fit all seven coconuts, I roped the bag to the outside of my backpack and made my way back up the coast to the hot ponds, the extra weight was balancing practice as I stepped from rock to rock. Sun, clouds, sky, rock lava, jungle and ocean; natures purest forms are in abundance on the big isle. Aloha.