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January 19, 2020

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 7 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1400 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Slippery Scramble Near Falls, Requires Permit

Sights: Laie Falls, Northeastern coastline

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snack, Swimsuit and Towel

Located in the northern part of windward Oahu, this trail offers a beautiful ridge and a pleasant waterfall all wrapped in a moderate hike. The first portion starts out on a dirt road that leads you to Laie R...

December 22, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: ~4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 Feet

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Very Slippery, Muddy, Finding path into valley, River Crossings,

Sights: Kalauao Falls, Waianae Range

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Water, Snack

Only visible after a heavy rain, this waterfall can be reached with a muddy and slippery hike that stems from the popular Aiea Loop Trail. It is not an easy journey, as you will be required to descend a steep slope to...

July 4, 2019

Not much of a hike in the traditional sense, what Upper Waikani (AKA "Three Bears") Falls lacks in duration it makes up for in beauty. Simply park off the road past mile marker 19 on the road to Hana, scramble underneath the bridge and take a seat to enjoy this unique and gorgeous set of falls. 

As evident by the description, I don't really consider this much of a hike. But with so many options of where to stop along the Road to Hana, I thought this spot deserved it...

July 4, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-1.5 HOURS

Distance: 1.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 300 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH (lower at Upper Falls)

Challenges: Potentially muddy, Stream Crossings

Sights: The Falls!

What to Bring: Swimsuit and towel

A popular first stop on Maui's Road to Hana, this hike is a great taste of what is likely to be a day full of beautiful scenery and waterfalls. This location has a lot of little treats, including multiple swimming holes and even some roadside refreshments...

May 5, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: ~600 Feet

Foot Traffic: LOW (HIGH on Manoa Trail)

Challenges: Muddy and slippery, Climbing up tree routes, Crowds

Sights: Lower and Upper Falls, Honolulu

What to Bring: Swimsuit

An alternate adventure from the touristy Manoa Falls Trail, this hike takes you to the secluded upper portion of Manoa Falls. Getting up there has it challenges, as you will have to scramble up some steep and muddy slope...

January 21, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: <1 HOUR

Distance: 0.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 80 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy and somewhat steep descent

Sights: Wailua Falls!!!

What to Bring: Swimsuit, Towel, Camera

Wailua Falls is an iconic landmark of the island of Kaua'i-- a gorgeous triple flow waterfall, located in an easily accessible part of the island. The real magic of these falls, however, come when you hike to its base. It is a short hike, but balances that wi...

December 31, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS

Distance: 1 MILE

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Challenges: Muddy, Slippery Rocks, Waterfall Climb, Stream Crossings

Sights: Makaua Falls

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Towel

Visible only after heavy rains, Makaua Falls is a tall waterfall located on the eastern shore of Oahu, near the town Kaaawa. It's a short trek into the valley, but it has plenty of fun and challenging obstacles. You will hop rocks, slip through mud, and even climb...

August 27, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Getting Lost, Stream Crossing, Uneven Footing

Sights: Waterfalls!!

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Towel, Rain Jacket, Water

A secluded hike off the Pali Highway, the waterfalls of Mo'ole Valley are only visible after heavy rains. It's a sloppy and muddy mess trekking through the forest to reach these natural wonders, but if you are willing to dea...

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