Maunawili Falls

January 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Today's trek takes us back to what is probably my least favorite hike on Oahu.  Having said that, it is leaps and bounds more beautiful that anything I ever witnessed in good ole Indiana :-).   So, with that, don't deny yourself of this based on my scale of favorites.  I love them all.  Just love this one the least :D.

The reason for this ranking is that you're basically mud bogging for 4 miles.  Don't come here clean thinking you'll leave that way.  Just not gonna happen.  I had a few Oahu Hikers join me as usual.  

Here we go!

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Immediately met with something different from 2 years ago when we were here.  I knew about the lepto, but neither of these signs were here.

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The mud is just about immediate.

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This may appear to be a pic of a couple ladies.  Not so fast....this is just a pic of my new best friend catching up with me.  Didn't take him long!

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Note the clinched fists.  Kid is pretty excited about hiking!

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I love flat ground.  I love flat ground.  This isn't flat ground!

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Lost the moms at this point.  Had to have one last pic :D.

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Yeah, flat ground is only a figment of my imagination on this day.

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We thank the cloud cover for protecting us from the heat.

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Trail splits here.  Down to the falls or to the demonstration trail.

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Hop a few rocks and we'll be there.

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Heather and Serene my company for the day.

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I won't try and guess the ages of these ladies, but it's safe to say they were my elders.  The one on the right was doing double back flips off the rock she's standing on.  I actually missed seeing her jump, but was impressed nonetheless.  I just needed one of the ladies to accompany me in jumping and I would have been there, but NOOOOOOO they wouldn't do it.
But I do happen to have footage from 2 years ago when I did make the jump.  To see the jumps, FF to the 32 second mark

 

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And of course the money shots of Maunawili Falls.

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I guess I should have helped her in from there.  Maybe if she was drenched she would have jumped :D.  Next time I guess.

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The beautiful greeting on the return trip....NOT!

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It's not all bad though.

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A present from nature.

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 Since 5 is what I consider average, this is slightly above with the vast amount of mud.  Really though.  Don't underestimate the mud.  Especially if you're bringing kids.  We had moms with kids begin this hike with us and turned around to go back about half way.  Be safe!

 

 


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