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Olomana's 3rd peak treacherous

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By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

OLOMANA TRAIL (HawaiiNewsNow) - About 15 hikers ventured up Mount Olomana, a day after 44-year old Ryan Suenaga was killed in a fall from the mountain's third peak, but none of the people who went up Monday went all the way to the end of the trail atop the third peak.  They all turned back, citing safety as their primary concern.
 
"There's some areas that you need to be careful on and our philosophy on hiking is, keep it comfortable," said David Cunningham, a Kaneohe resident who hiked Olomana for the first time Monday.

"Between the second and the third peak, that's where it gets harder," said Rufie Garma, a Waikele resident who has hiked Olomana several times.
 
All three peaks offer stunning panoramic views of the Koolau Mountains, Kualoa, Kailua, Waimanalo, and Makapuu.  To see the views and an up-close look at the third peak, with cliffs dropping off sharply from the ridge trail, watch the video to the right of this story.

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