Teen Hits Koko Crater Trail — 100 Times
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.