Teen Hits Koko Crater Trail — 100 Times

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Thir­teen-year-old Isa­iah Millen re­cently com­pleted his 100th trek up the steep Koko Crater Rail­way Trail, an aban­doned rail­road track that has be­come a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for lo­cals and tourists.

Millen and his mom, Melissa, along with Paul “un­cle Tiger” Newell, have been do­ing the hike con­sis­tently once or twice a week for the past two years, usu­ally on week­nights.

“I was just try­ing to get that are ac­tive and a good fam­ily ac­tiv­ity,” says Melissa, who works as a group sales man­ager for Hil­ton years, I dropped 40 pounds, and I re­ally at­tribute it to Koko Head. I was watch­ing my diet too, and some car­dio and weights, but the main thing was Koko Head.”

For Isa­iah, an eighth-grad he be­lieves the reg­u­lar hikes have helped his en­durance. me 30 to 45 min­utes to go up, but now my record is 15 min­utes,” he ex­plains. “And my record go­ing down is 7 min­utes and 36 sec­onds.”

For fin­ish­ing his 100th hike, Isa­iah says he got his two fa­vorite things: pizza and comics. He even was joined on the hike by “Grampa” Rob Grice, 67, who was vis­it­ing from Michi­gan.

“Go­ing on these hikes, I learned to be per­sis­tent,” says Isa­iah, who also runs cross coun­try, plays bas­ket­ball and en­joys body­board­ing and ping pong. “Don’t give up. If you think you can’t do it, work harder. That’s what I do some­times when I think I can’t do it. I just think of what will hap­pen when I get to the top and how ac­com­plished I’ll feel be­cause ev­ery time I get up there, I just feel amaz­ing and that I did some­thing great. It’s just re­ally fun.”

Lo­cated at Koko Head Dis­trict Park, Koko Crater Rail­way was built to ser­vice old mil­i­tary bunkers on the slopes of Koko Head. It has more than 1,000 rail­road ties (that hik­ers now use as steps) that lead to a stun­ning panoramic

“It’s city prop­erty, but it’s not a sanc­tioned trail and not main­tained,” says Na for Depart­ment of Parks and do ac­cess it, we re­ally urge them to be cau­tious.”

Through­out the years, vol­un­teers have stepped up to help clean the area. Even Pres spotted on the trail dur­ing their an­nual win­ter hol­i­day visit to

“There are lots of times we don’t re­ally feel like do­ing it, but if you can just skip past that hump and get your­self to go, you’ll never not feel good about hav­ing done it,” adds Melissa. “It’s a guar­an­teed mood-booster. And for me, - sults, so that keeps me want­ing to go.”

Isa­iah Millen (sec­ond from left) with Paul “Un­cle Tiger” Newell, mom Melissa and “Grampa” Rob Grice at the top of Koko Crater Rail­way Trail.

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