HONOLULU (KHON2) — The First-Day Hike is an event that started in 2012, took a pause during COVID but is now back.
The hike to the Makapuu Overlook on the first day of 2023 is one of the best-attended First-Day Hike events in the country, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
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The hike, or walk, is along the paved roadway to the summit of Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline.
It is a unique and moving experience. It’s a spiritual way to usher in a new year. Watching the first sunrise of the year peak over the Kaiwi Channel and Moloka‘i, synchronized with the blowing of a puin the 4 cardinal directions by Gabriel Spencer of Ke Leo O Laka I ka Hikina O Ka La, followed with an oli by Dr. Sam Gon of Halau Mele, is a chicken skin experience. It all exemplifies Hawai‘i’s unique culture.”Curt Cottrell, Administrator of the DLNR Division of State Parks
- Gates to the park open at 5:30 a.m.
- Sunrise is predicted to rise around 7:10 a.m.
- Flashlights, blankets and warm clothes are encouraged.
- Parking is limited at the trailhead so overflow vehicles must park along the highway. Carpooling is encouraged.
- Please carry out all rubbish and bring poop bags and leashes are required for dogs
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The summit viewing platform will be closed before and during sunrise to provide space for the pu, oli and taiko drummers. It reopens after the performance, according to DLNR.