Hiking Oahu--Waiakeakua Falls

October 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

First things first.....I didn't make it to Waiakeakua, but I did see a few on the way.  Another day I'll leave the camera at home and might feel a little more comfortable climbing the side of falls 1, 2 and 3.

Secondly, if you follow my directions in the video, you will likely, like me, get lost.  I was about 2 miles in before I saw the first ribbons or obvious trail.  That's either on purpose to limit the hikers or I went the wrong way.  Either way, great hike.

Finally, it's probably my last hike for a while as it was pouring down on the way back, I got off trail, decided to slide down some mud to get back to the trail.....well, my body slid down the hill, but my foot was caught on something and there was a distinct POP in my knee.  MRI next week....

The video....

And some pretty rad images, if I may say so myself :D.....

 

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I don't get spooked too easily, but had the feeling I shouldn't be there from the get go.  I didn't listen, of course, but still...

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As I posted on Facebook, this is kind of tricky to do.  Lock the focus on the falls and create circular motion blur on the rest.  I've tried it several times, but I do believe I nailed it here.

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And the same shot without any blur.  Simply serene!

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The camera doesn't pick up the 3rd tier, but there is actually 3 falls here

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You can see to the right a rope to climb up to Waikeakua, which I assume, is back behind there.  I assume lol.  

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FMF (Fat-Man-Factor)(FMF is a difficulty scale from 1-10, from an out of shape, fat, white guy's point of view: 6  I call it a 6 as it IS kind of grueling, bushwalking, never-ending feeling, kind of hike :D.  Beautiful back in there though. A few swimming/wading holes, a bunch of bridges, wrecked cars/trucks and creepy tunnels.  Yeah, I have read there's lots more back in there too.  Another day....Be safe!


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