Hawaiian Hikes: Manoa Falls Trail

Today we went for a waterfall hike! My first waterfall hike yet! It was a beginner hike to Manoa Falls. The parking was really easy, we paid $5 and found a spot right near the trail head, although a lot of cars were parked all along the side of the road up to the paid parking so there’s both paid and unpaid options. The really nice thing about this hike is that it is about 15 minutes from our house and boom, you’re in the jungle. Sometimes I forget just how small Oahu is, I keep trying to remind myself to take it all in and just realize how small we all are. It’s easy getting caught up in the day to day grind, but I am so thankful for my weekends where I can get my mind straight and recharge.

The trailhead is nicely signed and you have the option to visit the Lyon Arboretum, which houses over 5000 plant species. This was closed when we were there, but I’d like to visit sometime. The trail is pretty nice terrain except for the parts where it got a little slippery. Just go slow over the rocks and everything works out. You walk along a creek, so thick with vegetation that I only caught a glimpse of stream water about 3 times! The trail is just over a mile long and you gain about 750ft in elevation, mostly at the end. The waterfall itself is over 150 feet tall and my pictures will not do it justice.

This is a heavily trafficked trail so be mindful of the others as there is a bottleneck about 3/4 of the way to the falls. Once you reach the falls, there’s a sign that says “End of Trail; Do not go beyond this sign, please turn back”. There is no swimming at this pool due to falling rock and leptospirosis danger, even though people go beyond the sign and take pictures wading into the pool. The end of the trail is crowded so be patient and watch your feet!

All-in-all, this was a beautiful trail and I got to see my first Hawaiian waterfall. I don’t know why, but most of the trail smelled like freshly ground ginger, maybe due to the ginger plants everywhere, or someone in front of us eating sushi, I don’t care the cause – it smelled so good the whole time! There and back to downtown Honolulu was about 1.5 hours and we stopped at a Starbucks before we got back home.

#mindfulness #hikes #womenwhohike #waterfall

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