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Kalihi Ice Ponds – Na Ohia Falls

First Waterfall

First Waterfall

Kalihi Falls is a nice easy, family hike. We went went it was legal. I believe it is now closed, but research it before you go.

Directions: Take H1 freeway take the Likelike exit towards Kalihi Valley. Follow that road and just past the intersection of Likelike Hwy and N. School Street, veer slightly right and then make a left turn on to Kalihi Street. Follow Kalihi Street to the very end. Nalanieha street will intersect with Kalihi Street. Find parking in this residential area. Just don’t make too much noise and don’t block driveways or mailboxes.

Once you park, walk over the bridge and go through the gate. You will pass a large tank and a couple buildings. This part of the trail is paved.  Once you get to this car, pay attention to the right. It’s maybe about 20 minutes into the hike.

My girl, Rhona, riding dirty;)

My girl, Rhona, riding dirty;)

To your right will be the trail down to the falls. There was a spray painted sign on one of the trees. There will be a steep rope part, but not difficult. Maybe a little slippery. Then you will see the swimming hole.

We climbed up the falls.

We climbed up the falls.

Climbing up wasn’t bad at all. Some people jump from the rocks, but we didn’t. Be careful with the ropes. I was surprised to see how this one was being held…

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The top

The top

We didn’t take too many pictures. It was only about a mile and took maybe an hour.

Tips: Bring bug repellent.

10/2013

 

Waimano Falls

10556_10201348025532265_1361168886_nThis is a beginner hike. I would say kid friendly, but there is one rope section and a steep hill: cardiac hill. It’s about 3.5 miles and 2 hours. But it also depends on how fast you hike, take pics, swim etc. Just beware if you swim in this one, it is known for leptospirosis:flesh eating bacteria that gets in if you have any open cuts.

Directions: The trail is at the end of Komo Mai Dr. in Aiea. It is in a residential area, so of course no blocking driveways or mailboxes.

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Starting point

Take the Manana Trail and go for about an hour. It starts on a paved road, but turns into a dirt road. Make sure to pay attention. It is easy to miss. We did miss it because we were all talking and not paying attention. So if you come to a bench, turn around! Look at the trees. It is spray painted on there.

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The start of the falls.

The start of the falls.

Part of the waterfall

Part of the waterfall

Some kids jumping from the ropes.

Some kids jumping from the ropes.

 

Our group pic

Our group pic

Tips: hmmmm- don’t really have any. Of course some water and snacks. It’s pretty shaded through the whole trail. It was a little muddy in areas. I’m glad I wore my Five Fingers.

 

 

Hamama Falls, Waihe’e Valley

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This is a beautiful waterfall in Kaneohe. Even though many hike this trail, it is not considered legal. So I am not telling you to hike this. Enter at your risk! It’s a kid friendly hike and I heard Lost was filmed in parts of this….I didn’t really watch the show so I have no idea…

Directions: If coming from the Pali Highway or Likelike, go towards the Valley of the Temples. Pass Kamehameha Hwy and Kahekili intersection  and turn left  on Waihe’e Rd. At the end of the road is a gate. This is the beginning of the trail. Find parking in the neighborhood, but of course make sure not to block anyone’s driveway or mailbox. At the gate, you will have to go around the Keep Out sign. This land belongs to the Board of Hawaii Water Supply so yes, they can fine you for trespassing!

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The trail is a dirt road road. It’s fairly flat all the way until you get past the oven grassy area.

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We stopped for pictures. After this area, it does incline, but you are still on a dirt road. Some brought strollers. . The cheap umbrella stroller we had wasn’t working too well over the gravel, but the other girl with a larger stroller had no problem. You will keep going up and start to hear the falls on your right. There are pipes in front of the falls which you have to go in front of to get a good pic…or photoshop them out;)

It’s about 3 miles and takes maybe 2 hours depending on the group you go with. This hike can be easily ran if you wanted to.

Lots of bugs so bring bug spray!

Had to Flex

Had to Flex

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11/15/2012