This hike began by a beach then traversed through the jungle, bringing us deeper into a valley. Miles later I found myself using ropes and tree branches to climb of the side of a vertical cliff. With each passing hour, the summit seemed closer yet another obstacle lay right beyond our view. Finally, I pulled myself up the last rope, walked through a dense growth of trees and vines, and emerged onto a tiny stretch of grass overlooking the view pictured here. Mountains and islands that once seemed large were dwarfed by this new perspective. The bay appeared brighter than ever before as each shade of blue swirled together like wet paint on a canvas. Without a doubt, the is one of the longest and most rewarding hikes I've done on Oahu.