Hiking Oahu--Waiakeakua Falls

December 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I'll start out by telling you, on this, my 2nd attempt to reach the falls, I STILL didn't get there :-).  I got to where I "thought" it was, which was good enough for me.  Most of the group climbed up to Waiakeakua, but you'll have to check there pages out for pics :D.

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I got there a bit early enough to catch the sun still on the rise.  Beautiful as it peeks through the trees.

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Something has been busy!

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Doesn't take me long to get messy.  If you're looking for a nice, dry hike, find another one.

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A rare capture of the elusive creature known as Khym.  Oh, Bill and K too.

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Bill and K wondering why they listened to me for directions.

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A lil break at the Queen's bath.

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The Queen......taking a bath?

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Onward and upward!

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Amazing how I can make Bill look good even with a Canon in his hands :D.

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That looked better in person.  The sun shining through was pretty amazing.

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We forgot our group shot before.  Better late than never.

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Looks like she wants to hurt me.  That's probably accurate.

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Mini falls before the falls that is before the falls :-).

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The falls right below Waiakeakua.  This is as far as I went.  I didn't trust the knee with anymore climbing.

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The beautiful Amy and Malia.

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I keep telling him there's no way for that machine to make me look good, but he keeps trying.  Can't blame him.

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Chris threw some water on his forehead to make it look like he was sweating.

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This falls was beautiful enough for me.

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The group was split into thirds, with some climbing, some not wanting to wait and other climbing even further than Waiakeakua.  I ended with these folks.

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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): This is the hike I messed my knee up on so I'm a bit partial to its difficulty.  It's really not bad, but there are 2 smaller falls to climb to get to the big one.  Other than that, just muddy and a bit slippery in spots.  I assume most hikers would call this easy.  Then again, I'm the fat man, so I'll give my own Fat-Man Factor! :-)


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