Manoa Falls. I’m not going to lie, this trail is absolutely breathtaking. That said, it is not for the faint of heart. This hike was hard. But with cliffs, mountains, rivers, waterfalls… This has it all.
It’s hard to tell, but those monstera leaves are bigger than my torso.
I honestly cannot describe to you how muddy this hike was. It was wet, slippery, red clay and I’m so surprised we made it there and back without any twisted ankles. These pictures don’t do it justice – straddling small ravines, opaque puddles as deep as your calf, and old slippery stairs up a mountainside.
Enormous fronds, each individual blade longer than my body.
But man, this view was worth it. We finally found the hidden waterfall, Manoa Falls, with a group of 20-somethings climbing up and jumping into the crystal clear pool below. To be honest, we didn’t do much jumping or swimming because arrived at the waterfall exhausted, with just enough time to turn around and head back through miles of unlabeled trails to before it got dark.
We also drove past Kualoa Ranch, where Jurassic Park was famously filmed, and drove all the way to the edge of the island until we reached quite literally the end of the road.
And last but not least, we visited the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Museums, & USS Arizona Memorial. It was a wet, rainy day and such a humbling experience.
Stay tuned for the fifth and final installment of my week in Hawai’i – Hanauma Bay and Pai‘olu‘olu Point.
Sep 7, 2021