The narrow trail began at Niu and led through the valley of Kaili'ili-iki til it went up a Koolau mountain and down into Waimanalo. It was said that the Hawaiians traveled on this trail from Waimanalo to Niu, and from Niu to Waimanalo. The population was large and in these places in centuries past . . . . It was about seventy-five years ago that the Hawaiians stopped using this trail . . . they thought that when they got to the top of Kilohana the descent would be steep, but when they got up by the mountain trail they found that the ropes they brought were of no use. They said that the other side of the mountain toward Waimanalo was very steep, yet descent was very good and they had no trouble getting down to the ground below.
Loa'a Kekahi mau Alahele o ka wa Kahiko
Kuokoa, Feb. 10, 1922 Newspaper