I started from Kipahulu campground at 6:30 and was alone on the trail. Being first has its advantages, as several mangoes had fallen from the sole mango tree en-route and I took the only two that hadn't split open on impact. Ha! On my descent, I encountered group after group after group going up, so I was happy to avoid the crowds. The walk is easy, even after a rainstorm, and the "streams" are two minor crossings with rocks. I did the route in sandals and had no problems whatsoever, with no wet feet.
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