Update (April, 2018): This trail has a deadly record. As per this Hawaii News Now article:
“In 2015, a Florida visitor died after falling 200 feet while hiking between the first and second peaks. Honolulu firefighter Mitch Kai died in 2014 after tumbling 50 feet between the second and third peaks. And in 2011, Ryan Suenaga lost his life after a 150-foot fall between the second and third peaks.”
Know your limits before you choose to do this hike.
Exactly one month after visiting Mount Olomana, Joel and I decided to return. It was the day after Christmas, and this time, it was just me, Joel, and our good friend Ryan. He has completed Hawaii Loa Ridge, Kaiwa Ridge and a few other hiking trails in the past. However, Mount Olomana was by far the most difficult trail that he has attempted.
The journey up to Peak 1 and 2 were relatively uneventful. The views were just as spectacular the first time around as it was the second time around. Ryan was able to hang with us the entire way up. He tackled the 15 foot rockface and reached the top of it without incident. After reaching Peak 1, we spent maybe 15-20 minutes taking in the views and snapping photos. The weather was excellent on this day and the breeze was very welcoming.