About Me/This Blog

My name is Steve and I moved to Oahu in April of 2016, a time when my life was not in a good place. Then I discovered the wonders of hiking on Oahu and Hawaii and the incredible joy and beauty that comes with it. This is what inspired me...

 

Read More

 

© 2019 The Hiking HI LLC

Waterfall Hikes

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 R...

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 swimmi...

May 27, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 1-2 DAYS

Distance: 18+ MILES

Elevation Gain: 7000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Endurance Challenge, Numerous River Crossings

Sights: Waimanu Valley, Waipi'o Valley, Wai'ilikahi Falls, 

What to Bring: Full Backpacking Gear

This long hike, located on the North Shore of the Big Island is best experienced as a multi-day backpacking excursion-- the beauty of this Valley is just too incredible t...

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 ha...

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 ba...

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...

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 na...

July 15, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-5 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: MUDDY, Stream Crossing

Sights: Honolulu, Nuuanu Lookout, Bamboo Forest, Jackass Ginger Pool

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Shoes to get muddy, Swimsuit and Towel

This slippery hike takes you through the Mauka Trail System, a series of interconnected trails located in the ridges and valleys near Honolulu. You begin...

March 25, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 2.5 MILES 

Elevation Gain: 1100 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Easy to get lost, Muddy and Slippery, Overgrown

Sights: The Falls, Cave

What to Bring: Smartphone with AllTrails App!!! Shoes with good grip, Water, Flashlight

Only visible after heavy rains, this twin waterfall near the Pali Lookout is a hidden gem. It requires a muddy trek through the forest where it is quit...

March 3, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-1.5 HOURS from Golf Course

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Wet and slippery road, Wet rock scrambling and stream crossing

Sighs: Twin Pali Falls, Windward Side, Old Pali Road, Likeke Falls

What to Bring: Water, Towel, Slippers to Change into, Rain Jacket (likely)

Only visible after heavy rain, getting to this double waterfall requires a quick hike along Old P...

Please reload

These hikes feature one of the most amazing things Hawaii hikes have to offer... Waterfalls!