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Hundreds gather to start 2018 off right — with a hike

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MAKAPUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For most of us, New Year's Day means sleeping in — and recovering from a little too much revelry on New Year's Eve. 

But for others, New Year's Day offers the perfect chance to start the new year off right.

That's the idea behind the annual "First Day Hike," now in its seventh year.

Scores gather in east Oahu to walk up to the Makapuu Overlook and start the new year with a little bit of brisk exercise.

The event is the brainchild of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, and has been growing in popularity. 

This year, about 500 people made the hike, many congregating well before sunrise.

At the outlook on Monday morning, participants chanted in Native Hawaiian. A pair of bagpipers performed, following by Taiko drummers.

“The celebration of our local host culture, combined with Asian and European cultures, in such an amazing setting really does give you chicken skin," said Curt Cottrell, state parks administrator. "No one ever walks away from our First Day Hike disappointed.”

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