“Old shoes and old friends are best for relaxing.” (Author unknown)
Following a late night at the Friday cocktail party, twenty-eight classmates arose early, put on some old shoes, and headed to Makapuu to relax with old friends.
At Makapuu they embarked on a hike that was one of four led by Bruce Ashford for the 40th Reunion. This was to be the most “family friendly” trek of the bunch. At two miles for the round trip, the paved trail featured a gain of a mere easy-to-breathe 500 feet on the way to the peak. Certainly many took advantage of this accessibility by inviting spouses, friends, and children along for the excursion.
The Punahou74 hikers and trail-sharing youth groups, couples, and families were blessed with a supremely clear day. Indeed, the weather was hot, the walk sunny and dry so it was with appreciation that everyone was kept cool by a stiff breeze that blew in from the ocean.
After making it to the top all were rewarded with spectacular views of the lighthouse, the Ka Iwi coast, Rabbit Island, and a length of the Windward coast.
From the main viewing spot a trek was made to a higher vantage point for another perspective. From there the group diverged, some going down a rugged “less traveled” path and others returning via the original route.
After assembling at the bottom goodbyes were made. Some left Makapuu, choosing to rest and prepare for that afternoon’s class picture and Alumni Luau; others changed to bathing attire and headed seaward to explore the Ka Iwi tide pools.